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[hey-suh n] /ˈheɪ sən/
verb (used without object)
to move or act with haste; proceed with haste; hurry:
to hasten to a place.
verb (used with object)
to cause to hasten; accelerate:
to hasten someone from a room; to hasten the arrival of a happier time.
Origin of hasten
1565-75; haste + -en1
Related forms
hastener, noun
outhasten, verb (used with object)
overhasten, verb
unhastened, adjective
2. urge, press; expedite, quicken, speed; precipitate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hasten
  • But the cold-war stakes involved mean there is little that they can do by themselves to hasten the day.
  • Better to encourage co-operation, the trio argued, than to hasten confrontation.
  • The pursuit of a metal linked to immortality only serves to hasten the miners' own mortality.
  • One where it no longer acts to slow global warming, but to hasten it.
  • To instigate some chaos in order to hasten the return.
  • Their movement is almost as distinctive as their call: hasten and pause, hasten and pause.
  • There is a chance that this will hasten change that is going on anyway.
  • But the curtailment of commercial fishing owing to fears over contaminated seafood may hasten the recovery of exploited species.
  • Poetry is a slow distillation, it is a brew from the still of one's soul, and it is fatal to hasten so intimate a process.
  • The findings could hasten the development of reliable diagnostic tests for the disorder.
British Dictionary definitions for hasten


(may take an infinitive) to hurry or cause to hurry; rush
(transitive) to be anxious (to say something): I hasten to add that we are just good friends
Derived Forms
hastener, noun
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Word Origin and History for hasten

1560s, extended form of haste (v.) with -en (1). Related: Hastened; hastening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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