verb \ˈhā-sən\

: to cause (something) to happen more quickly

: to move or act quickly

has·tenedhas·ten·ing \ˈhās-niŋ, ˈhā-sən-iŋ\

Full Definition of HASTEN

intransitive verb
:  to move or act quickly
transitive verb
:  to urge on <hastened her to the door — A. J. Cronin>
:  accelerate <hasten the coming of a new order — D. W. Brogan>
has·ten·er \ˈhās-nər, ˈhā-sən-ər\ noun

Examples of HASTEN

  1. His death was hastened by alcohol abuse.
  2. <hasten the activation of yeast with heat>

First Known Use of HASTEN


Rhymes with HASTEN


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