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
Humans too may be hastening the ship's collapse-and have certainly altered its
  resting place.
Solar electricity is pricey, but policy may be as important as technology in
  hastening its path to parity with other fuel sources.
These holes allowed water in, resulting in corrosion that is hastening the
  structure's decline.
The strong winds of a hurricane may actually decrease the salinity of surface
  water by hastening this overturning process.
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