haste

noun
\ ˈhāst How to pronounce haste (audio) \

Definition of haste

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : rapidity of motion : swiftness out of breath from haste— Jane Austen We must make haste.
2 : rash or headlong action : precipitateness She sent the letter in haste and later regretted it. the beauty of speed uncontaminated by hasteHarper's
3 : undue eagerness to act In their haste to leave for the airport, they forgot their passports.

haste

verb
hasted; hasting

Definition of haste (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

archaic : to urge on : hasten with our fair entreaties haste them on— William Shakespeare haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee jest and youthful jollity— John Milton

intransitive verb

: to move or act swiftly these minutes even now hasting into eternity— Winston Churchill

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Noun

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

Examples of haste in a Sentence

Noun The application had been approved with undue haste. made haste to get there on time
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yet Congress has demonstrated little haste so far in determining what went wrong and how the country’s public-health institutions can prevent it from happening again. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 2 Aug. 2021 Mariners know that haste and heavy seagoing machinery are a deadly combination. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2021 As far back as 1896, losers have accepted defeat publicly, usually with haste and most often with professions (at least publicly) of support for the winner. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2020 No roadside bombs buried in haste, in the dead of night, that might strike a government vehicle or a minibus packed with families. New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021 With the Spurs facing a do-or-die scenario Wednesday in Memphis, that is a lesson Murray hopes the team’s younger players will pick up post haste. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 18 May 2021 The Biden administration is now preparing to close some emergency shelters for unaccompanied migrant children that were opened in haste to accommodate a surge of border crossings. Aj Willingham, CNN, 29 June 2021 Some residents had pleaded to return to their homes one last time to retrieve belongings left in haste, but were denied. BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2021 Some residents had pleaded to return to their homes one last time to retrieve belongings left in haste, but were denied. Time, 5 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Amanda, who went placidly amid the noise and haste up until that point, freaks out and throws a glass at Hannah. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 25 Feb. 2021 These Green New Deals and Green Revolutions are increasingly being seen as the only solution to meeting the climate, corona and credit crises at the scale and haste that science and justice require. Sophie Shnapp, refinery29.com, 5 Jan. 2021 If steady, mature Gerald Ford succumbed to haste when his presidency was on the line, imagine what Donald Trump will do. Rick Perlstein, Star Tribune, 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of haste

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for haste

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English hǣst violence

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The first known use of haste was in the 14th century

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20 Sep 2021

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“Haste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haste. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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haste

noun

English Language Learners Definition of haste

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

haste

noun
\ ˈhāst How to pronounce haste (audio) \

Kids Definition of haste

1 : quickness of motion or action : speed He left in haste.
2 : hasty action Haste makes waste.

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