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

Definition of hasten

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 door— A. J. Cronin
2 : to cause to happen more quickly : accelerate His death was hastened by alcoholism. hasten the coming of a new order— D. W. Brogan

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Other Words from hasten

hastener \ ˈhās-​nər How to pronounce hastener (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 In many ways, Purcell said, the pandemic has hastened the need for Alabama's workforce to adapt to changes in how people work. al, "Alabama college enrollment will be impacted by coronavirus, official says," 30 May 2020 This terrible crisis has not hastened any of these plans. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, "Pod Save America host Jon Lovett on Animal Crossing, Ronan Farrow, and the 2020 election," 27 May 2020 Minibars have been an endangered amenity for some time, and expect the pandemic to hasten their elimination. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Hotels Could Change After Coronavirus, From Private Spa Time to DIY Happy Hour Kits," 19 May 2020 Just as manufacturing shifted overseas for cheaper labor and as gig economy apps drove down wages for taxi and delivery drivers, the pandemic has hastened the gig-ification of white-collar jobs. Alana Semuels, Time, "'It's a Race to the Bottom.' The Coronavirus is Cutting Into Gig Worker Incomes as the Newly Jobless Flood Apps," 15 May 2020 Efforts to shift toward renewable energy could be hastened, as fossil fuels, particularly coal and oil, have borne the brunt of the decline. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Renewable power surges as pandemic scrambles global energy outlook, new report finds," 30 Apr. 2020 Sanctions have also hastened Russia’s drift into China’s strategic and economic embrace. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trust deficit: The roots of Russia’s standoff with the West," 29 Apr. 2020 Today, the pandemic is only hastening the decline of community papers, from the Monterey County Weekly to the Portland Mercury to the Riverfront Times. Ken Armstrong, The New Yorker, "The Reporter Who Exposed the Opioid Crisis Has a New Book, but No Job," 3 Apr. 2020 That morning, for fear of hastening the spread of the coronavirus, all the milks, sugars, and disposable lids had been moved behind the counter. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Coronavirus Customer-Service Crisis," 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hasten

1568, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for hasten

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The first known use of hasten was in 1568

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3 Jun 2020

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“Hasten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hasten. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hasten

: to cause (something) to happen more quickly
old-fashioned : to move or act quickly


has·​ten | \ ˈhā-sᵊn How to pronounce hasten (audio) \
hastened; hastening

Kids Definition of hasten

: to move or cause to move or act fast : hurry I hastened to the exit.

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