haste


1haste

noun \ˈhāst\

: speed of motion or action : quickness or eagerness that can result in mistakes

Full Definition of HASTE

1
:  rapidity of motion :  swiftness
2
:  rash or headlong action :  precipitateness <the beauty of speed uncontaminated by hasteHarper's>
3
:  undue eagerness to act

Examples of HASTE

  1. The application had been approved with undue haste.
  2. <made haste to get there on time>

Origin of HASTE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English ̄st violence
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of HASTE

haste, hurry, speed, expedition, dispatch mean quickness in movement or action. haste applies to personal action and implies urgency and precipitancy and often rashness <marry in haste>. hurry often has a strong suggestion of agitated bustle or confusion <in the hurry of departure she forgot her toothbrush>. speed suggests swift efficiency in movement or action <exercises to increase your reading speed>. expedition and dispatch both imply speed and efficiency in handling affairs but expedition stresses ease or efficiency of performance and dispatch stresses promptness in concluding matters <the case came to trial with expedition> <paid bills with dispatch>.

Rhymes with HASTE

2haste

verb
hast·edhast·ing

Definition of HASTE

transitive verb
archaic
:  to urge on :  hasten
intransitive verb
:  to move or act swiftly

First Known Use of HASTE

14th century

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