hasten

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verb has·ten \ˈhā-sən\

Definition of hasten

hastened

;

hastening

play \ˈhās-niŋ, ˈhā-sən-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move or act quickly She hastened up the stairs.

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to encourage to move or act quickly :  to urge on hastened her to the door — A. J. Cronin

  5. 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

Origin and Etymology of hasten

see 1haste


First Known Use: 1568


HASTEN Defined for English Language Learners

hasten

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verb has·ten \ˈhā-sən\

Definition of hasten for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (something) to happen more quickly

  • : to move or act quickly


HASTEN Defined for Kids

hasten

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verb has·ten \ˈhā-sən\

Definition of hasten for Students

hastened

;

hastening

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



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