hasten

verb

has·​ten ˈhā-sᵊn How to pronounce hasten (audio)
hastened; hastening ˈhās-niŋ How to pronounce hasten (audio)
ˈhā-sᵊn-iŋ

intransitive verb

: to move or act quickly
She hastened up the stairs.

transitive verb

1
: to encourage to move or act quickly : to urge on
hastened her to the doorA. J. Cronin
2
: to cause to happen more quickly : accelerate
His death was hastened by alcoholism.
hasten the coming of a new orderD. W. Brogan
hastener
ˈhās-nər How to pronounce hasten (audio)
ˈhā-sᵊn-ər
noun

Examples of hasten in a Sentence

His death was hastened by alcohol abuse. hasten the activation of yeast with heat
Recent Examples on the Web Richard Glick, who served as a FERC commissioner under Trump and as chair during Biden’s first two years in office, said his predecessor Neil Chatterjee pushed strongly to hasten LNG permit approvals. Ricky Carioti, Washington Post, 5 July 2024 Allied forces launched an offensive against Germany occupied territory near the Somme River in France in an effort to hasten the end of the World War I. Both sides suffered massive losses, with Britain alone enduring 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 killed. The Arizona Republic, 1 July 2024 But this is not the only reason to hasten the transition. Meghan L. O’Sullivan and Jason Bordoff, Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024 If the era of the line cook had been hovering pre-pandemic, the course of 2020 certainly hastened it. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 17 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for hasten 

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Word History

Etymology

see haste entry 1

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of hasten was in 1568

Cite this Entry

“Hasten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hasten. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

hasten

verb
has·​ten ˈhā-sᵊn How to pronounce hasten (audio)
hastened; hastening ˈhās-niŋ How to pronounce hasten (audio)
-ᵊn-iŋ
1
: to urge on
2
: to speed up : accelerate
hastened my steps
3
: to move or act quickly : hurry
hastener
ˈhās-nər How to pronounce hasten (audio)
-ᵊn-ər
noun

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