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haste

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noun \ˈhāst\

Simple Definition of haste

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

Full Definition of haste

  1. 1 :  rapidity of motion :  swiftness

  2. 2 :  rash or headlong action :  precipitateness <the beauty of speed uncontaminated by hasteHarper's>

  3. 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 hǣst 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


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haste

verb

Definition of haste

hast·edhast·ing

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to urge on :  hasten

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to move or act swiftly



14th Century

First Known Use of haste

14th century




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