hasten

verb
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

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While the Republic was already in decline well before then, the fateful move hastened Rome’s transition to autocratic rule. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Tanks, But No Tanks," 4 July 2019 Yet the emergence of the opioid epidemic, which kills whites at higher rates than other races, has also hastened the racial convergence. The Economist, "Black men in America are living almost as long as white men," 14 June 2019 Though some researchers describe the study as a prevention trial, Herold hastens to point out that, strictly speaking, it was designed to test delay of disease onset, not prevention. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "In milestone trial, experimental drug delays type 1 diabetes," 9 June 2019 Shortly after Christmas, hospital officials contacted relatives and told them that Husel's over-prescribing had hastened or caused their family members' deaths. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio doctor accused of killing patients or hastening their deaths by ordering excessive doses of fentanyl," 5 June 2019 Public opinion research has shown shifting opinions among doctors and the general public about hastening death. Melissa Bailey, The Denver Post, "Some seniors weigh the idea of “rational suicide”," 23 June 2019 An all-white jury voted to acquit the men after defense attorneys argued that Civil Rights activists hastened the minister’s death to create a white martyr for the cause. al.com, "Podcast ‘White Lies’ finds fourth attacker in unsolved Selma murder case," 18 June 2019 His death hastened Congress’s passage of the Fair Housing Act. Wendi C. Thomas, National Geographic, "Where the Streets Have MLK's Name," 12 June 2019 An ensuing collapse in the value of the currency hastened the country’s first recession in a decade. Selcan Hacaoglu, Bloomberg.com, "Turkey's Erdogan Says Russia May Deliver S-400 Missiles Soon," 18 May 2019

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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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hasten

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hasten

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

hasten

verb
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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