\ ˈhāst How to pronounce haste (audio) \

Definition of haste

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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.


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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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 Then, in his haste to get the ball in, Bader lost control of it on the exchange. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2021 Obviously, haste makes waste, and rushing for the sake of rushing does not make sense. Mark Otter, Forbes, 4 May 2021 The group says that in its haste to finalize rules and exempt them from a Biden freeze, the Trump administration failed to comply with some of the legal disclosure requirements necessary to enact a new regulation. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2021 In its review of those leases, the Biden administration is looking at whether the Trump White House, in its haste to sell them, cut corners in allowing the sale to proceed and in finalizing the leases afterward. New York Times, 22 Feb. 2021 In his haste to meet the agent's demands, Ahluwalia, who is diabetic, forgot some of his medicine. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, 5 Feb. 2021 Constructed in haste, it’s been renovated with thoughtful devotion by Laplace. WSJ, 24 Apr. 2021 The words, which made headlines, were said in haste. Giana Han, al, 21 Apr. 2021 Naturally, the Knippenbergs return post haste and eventually find the full stash — drugs, passports (and thus a devastating number of victims), and Marie's diary. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, 6 Apr. 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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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23 May 2021

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

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English Language Learners Definition of haste

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


\ 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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