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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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  • It struck the shore while they watched it, and they hastened down to examine it.
  • The needs of controversy hastened the change, and individualism in literature began.
British Dictionary definitions for hastened


(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 hastened



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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