hasten

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verb has·ten \ ˈhā-sᵊn \

Definition of hasten

hastened; hastening play \ˈhās-niŋ, 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 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

hastener

play \ˈhās-nər, ˈhā-sᵊn-ər\ noun

Examples of hasten in a Sentence

  1. His death was hastened by alcohol abuse.

  2. hasten the activation of yeast with heat

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Origin and Etymology of hasten

see 1haste


HASTEN Defined for English Language Learners

hasten

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verb

Definition of hasten for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (something) to happen more quickly

  • : to move or act quickly


HASTEN Defined for Kids

hasten

play
verb has·ten \ ˈhā-sᵊn \

Definition of hasten for Students

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


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