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 What began as a small uptick in a few neighborhoods in Brooklyn now threatens to hasten the arrival of a second wave that could cause new hardships for millions of New Yorkers and stall the recovery of the weakened economy. Joseph Goldstein, New York Times, "How a Virus Surge Among Orthodox Jews Became a Crisis for New York," 8 Oct. 2020 In April, Rockefeller University issued a statement saying Wittkowski’s opinions discouraging social distancing in order to hasten herd immunity to the coronavirus did not represent the views of the school, its leadership or its faculty. Dave Collins, courant.com, "New experts named for lawsuit challenging Connecticut’s school mask rules," 8 Oct. 2020 Cooper said such incidents would hasten the call for gun control. AZCentral.com, "How William Cooper and his book ‘Behold a Pale Horse’ planted seeds of QAnon conspiracy theory," 1 Oct. 2020 Already, the stock market boom has been shown to hasten the economic recovery for the wealthy and middle class, leaving low-income households struggling. NBC News, "How the coronavirus has widened the chasm between rich and poor," 24 Sep. 2020 While flight shaming and the coronavirus pandemic have spurred airlines to hasten the retirement of their oldest, fuel-guzzling aircraft, those planes don’t all end up in boneyards in the desert. Siddharth Vikram Philip, Bloomberg.com, "Amazon’s Buying Spree for Used Airplanes Makes Green Pledge Harder to Keep," 21 Sep. 2020 That data is then sold to advertisers who push products and services that hasten gentrification, and displace the people whose data was collected. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Can Europe rebuild the Bauhaus?," 29 Sep. 2020 Back in March, long before a short seller would raise questions about electric-truck company Nikola Corp. and hasten its founder’s exit, early investors in the company were expressing concerns of their own. David Welch, Bloomberg.com, "Nikola Founder Milton’s Fall Reveals What His Backers Feared," 28 Sep. 2020 In recent testimony on Capitol Hill, Chairman Jerome Powell said Congress and the White House had more power to hasten the recovery than the central bank. Sebastian Pellejero, WSJ, "U.S. Government-Bond Yields Tick Lower After Mixed Economic Data," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of hasten

1568, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for hasten

see haste entry 1

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The first known use of hasten was in 1568

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15 Oct 2020

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“Hasten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hasten. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce hasten (audio)

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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