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hasten

[hey-suh n] /ˈheɪ sən/
verb (used without object)
1.
to move or act with haste; proceed with haste; hurry:
to hasten to a place.
verb (used with object)
2.
to cause to hasten; accelerate:
to hasten someone from a room; to hasten the arrival of a happier time.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; haste + -en1
Related forms
hastener, noun
outhasten, verb (used with object)
overhasten, verb
unhastened, adjective
Synonyms
2. urge, press; expedite, quicken, speed; precipitate.
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British Dictionary definitions for hastening

hasten

/ˈheɪsən/
verb
1.
(may take an infinitive) to hurry or cause to hurry; rush
2.
(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

hasten

v.

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

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