[ heyst ]
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swiftness of motion; speed; celerity: He performed his task with great haste. They felt the need for haste.
urgent need of quick action; a hurry or rush: to be in haste to get ahead in the world.
unnecessarily quick action; thoughtless, rash, or undue speed: Haste makes waste.
verb (used with or without object), hast·ed, hast·ing.
Archaic. to hasten.
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Idioms about haste
make haste, to act or go with speed; hurry: She made haste to tell the president the good news.
Origin of haste
First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Old French from Germanic; akin to Old Frisian hāste,Old English hæst “violence,” Old Norse heifst “hatred,” Gothic haifsts “quarrel”
synonym study for haste
1. See speed.
OTHER WORDS FROM haste
hasteful, adjectivehaste·ful·ly, adverbhasteless, adjectivehaste·less·ness, noun
un·hast·ed, adjectiveun·hast·ing, adjective
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How to use haste in a sentence
With the beloved hosts of Indra, with the blameless, hasting (Maruts), the sacrificer cries aloud.Sacred Books of the East|Various
Here they met a number of Arabs, hasting towards the town in a somewhat excited frame of mind.The Middy and the Moors|R.M. Ballantyne
As I recall it, no spoken word of Jennifer's or mine came in to break the rhythm of the hasting voyage.The Master of Appleby|Francis Lynde
I was a youth on a white horse, leaping from cloud to cloud of a blue heaven, hasting calmly to some blessed goal.Lilith|George MacDonald
With this I was hasting away from him, but he held my hand and looked round at me.Lorna Doone|R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for haste
/ (heɪst) /
speed, esp in an action; swiftness; rapidity
the act of hurrying in a careless or rash manner
a necessity for hurrying; urgency
make haste to hurry; rush
a poetic word for hasten
Derived forms of hastehasteful, adjectivehastefully, adverb
Word Origin for haste
C14: from Old French haste, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse heifst hate, Old English hǣst strife, Old High German heisti powerful
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Other Idioms and Phrases with haste
In addition to the idiom beginning with haste
- haste makes waste
- make haste
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