festinate

verb
fes·​ti·​nate | \ ˈfe-stə-ˌnāt How to pronounce festinate (audio) \
festinated; festinating

Definition of festinate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: hasten

festinate

adjective
fes·​ti·​nate | \ ˈfe-stə-nət How to pronounce festinate (audio) , -ˌnāt \

Definition of festinate (Entry 2 of 2)

: hasty a most festinate preparation— William Shakespeare

Other Words from festinate

Adjective

festinately adverb

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Festinate is one among many in the category of words whose early recorded use is in the works of William Shakespeare. He used it as an adjective (which is pronounced \FESS-tuh-nut\) in King Lear, for example: "Advise the Duke where you are going, to a most festinate preparation." Perhaps the Bard knew about festinatus, the Latin predecessor of festinate, or was familiar with the Latin proverb festina lente—"make haste slowly." Shakespeare also used the adverb festinately in Love's Labour's Lost: "Bring him festinately hither," Don Ariano de Armado orders. First evidence of the verb festinate, meaning "to hasten," occurs post-Shakespeare, however.

First Known Use of festinate

Verb

1556, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for festinate

Adjective

Latin festinatus, past participle of festinare to hasten; perhaps akin to Middle Irish bras forceful, Welsh brys haste

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“Festinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/festinate. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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