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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 hastening
  • 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.
  • Another breakup wave is hastening the end for some conglomerates.
  • The deficit is preventing economic collapse, not hastening it.
  • Indeed, the recession is hastening changes already under way in corporate philanthropy.
  • Significant evidence indicates that humans can and have transmitted the fungus from one cave to another, hastening its spread.
British Dictionary definitions for hastening


(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 hastening



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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