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

An ambitious manager might have seen a rare opportunity, acted in haste and acquiesced to the seller's price. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, "Did Scooter Braun Overpay for Big Machine Label Group? Not at All," 29 July 2019 So while the lungs make their way to the recipient, possibly from another hospital or city or even state, in haste, another team of surgeons preps the recipient. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, "Shared Breath," 25 July 2019 In their haste, the people sometimes brush against one another. Gwen Thompkins, The New Yorker, "An Eight-Second Film of 1915 New Orleans and the Mystery of Louis Armstrong’s Happiness," 8 July 2019 The sky fell down and killed them all, proving that haste makes waste, well begun is only half done and a stitch in time may not save anybody. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Once upon a rhyme time: the tale of Chicken Licken," 6 July 2019 Players downplayed the difficulty in learning a another new scheme during the spring, which had to be done in haste given Avalos’ late addition to the staff, but there’s no way to overstate how significant a change this is for players to go through. oregonlive.com, "Oregon MVP 10: New defensive coordinator Andy Avalos comes in at No. 4," 2 July 2019 Burnley and Everton have also been linked but Southampton's haste appears to have won them the day. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Herrera's Next Move, Maguire Latest, Sarr to Newcastle or Watford & More," 18 June 2019 This is a state visit offered in haste and regretted at leisure. Martin Farr, Quartz, "Donald Trump’s state visit is a sorry sign of the times for the UK," 4 June 2019 Some black lawmakers objected to their colleagues’ haste in rebuking an African-American lawmaker. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, "Lawmakers launch congressional black-Jewish caucus," 4 June 2019

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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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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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