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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 Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts don’t have to feel as if they were created in haste. oregonlive, "Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts: Deliver brunch, bundle a bouquet, make something sweet," 3 May 2020 Swann says in the video, trying to figure out what streets were blurring by in Olomola’s haste. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, "Uber riders live-streamed their driver chasing another car. He’s charged with kidnapping.," 13 Feb. 2020 Emmanuel Macron’s haste to create a back-up for NATO could undermine it TWENTY YEARS ago George Robertson, then the head of NATO, mocked the European Union. The Economist, "Charlemagne Europe needs to defend itself better, but cannot do without America," 21 Nov. 2019 Devotees of food history will want to order a copy of this one post-haste. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "11 Fall Cookbooks for Every Type of Foodie," 16 Oct. 2019 The decisions that need to be made are another factor in the Padres’ preference to start the process of hiring a manager post haste. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Analysis: Roster decisions face Preller, new Padres manager," 23 Sep. 2019 Such strain creates an atmosphere of heightened distress, haste, and anxiety that in turn leads to even more deaths from Covid-19. Laura Kolbe, The New York Review of Books, "What ‘Distributive Justice’ Means for Doctors Treating Covid-19," 19 Mar. 2020 Hence the lack of haste from Universal about locking down a big-screen timeline for Wicked, now in its 19th year on Broadway, with multiple road and international companies and global revenues well over $1 billion. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "Disney to Release Film Version of 'Hamilton' Stage Performance With Original Broadway Cast," 3 Feb. 2020 But haste and zeal may work against the administration. Lisa Friedman, New York Times, "Trump’s Move Against Landmark Environmental Law Caps a Relentless Agenda," 9 Jan. 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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18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Haste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haste. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce haste (audio)

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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