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.

1565–75; haste + -en1

hastener, noun
outhasten, verb (used with object)
overhasten, verb
unhastened, adjective

2. urge, press; expedite, quicken, speed; precipitate.
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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

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Example sentences
Global warming has hastened this loss, and may potentially raise sea levels to
  devastating heights.
Whooping cranes are generally safe from hunting and egg collection, which
  hastened their decline.
But opponents, particularly environmentalists, are concerned that the
  destruction of natural habitat will be hastened.
The result was a share price collapse that hastened the demise of the company.
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