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 The deal will hasten economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. H.r. Mcmaster And Pablo Tortolero, WSJ, "The North American Trade Dividend," 6 July 2020 Yet scores of other venues that can hasten the spread of the virus remain open, including gyms, camps, amusement parks and churches. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Texas closed bars and curbed restaurants. Will that be enough to stop the coronavirus surge?," 28 June 2020 Telugu community, whose nomadic lifestyle has increasingly clashed with the modern world, is facing another threat that could hasten its decline: the COVID-19 pandemic. Washington Post, "Sri Lanka Telugu community fears decline of traditional ways," 27 June 2020 Now Krawcheck is betting that this broader approach will both hasten her startup’s path to profitability and benefit other women, even as the pandemic and its resulting economic fallout add to the many obstacles facing our financial health. Maria Aspan, Fortune, "Sallie Krawcheck’s startup pivots beyond investing," 25 June 2020 Fact: The pulp from prickly pear and various barrel cacti contains some nontoxic fluid, but its chemical content can induce diarrhea and vomiting, which hasten dehydration. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "8 Survival Myths That Could Get You Killed," 22 June 2020 As previously reported, the previous owners — George and Peggy Papagiannis — allowed the pandemic to hasten retirement plans already in the works, putting the business into the hands of brothers Joseph and Nicko Sifnaios. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These three Waukesha restaurants rebranded during the coronavirus pandemic. Here's what that means for them.," 19 June 2020 Though the government is perfectly happy to buoy the one percent, its solution to the economic plight of anyone who isn’t already rich has been to hasten the end of statewide lockdowns in order to force people back to work as soon as possible. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "The Pandemic Welfare State for the One Percent," 17 June 2020 Others said white supremacists and far-right groups were responsible, pointing to online statements by adherents that the upheaval would hasten the collapse of a multiethnic, multicultural United States. BostonGlobe.com, "Many claim extremists are sparking protest violence, but which extremists?," 1 June 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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11 Jul 2020

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“Hasten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hasten. Accessed 13 Jul. 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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