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verb (used without object)
  1. to move or act with haste; proceed with haste; hurry: to hasten to a place.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to hasten; accelerate: to hasten someone from a room; to hasten the arrival of a happier time.

Origin of hasten

First recorded in 1565–75; haste + -en1

Other words for hasten

Other words from hasten

  • has·ten·er, noun
  • outhasten, verb (used with object)
  • o·ver·has·ten, verb
  • un·has·tened, adjective

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How to use hasten in a sentence

  • But it is also true that what is unfolding hastens the erosion of American global economic leadership.

    Will Wall Street Snap? | Zachary Karabell | July 25, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • He hastens the march by two hours, and the bugles begin to sound all over the town.

    Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
  • The elevation of temperature within certain limits, hastens the separation.

    Domestic Animals | Richard L. Allen
  • Furious voices come out of the cloud, and as everyone hastens to the sight we take the chance to go the other way.

  • She hastens to Pohjola and inquires of Louhi what has become of him (1-100).

  • And then the letter, like almost every letter, hastens in disconnected sentences to its close.

British Dictionary definitions for hasten


/ (ˈheɪsən) /

  1. (may take an infinitive) to hurry or cause to hurry; rush

  2. (tr) to be anxious (to say something): I hasten to add that we are just good friends

Derived forms of hasten

  • hastener, noun

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