Definition of hasten
hasteningplay \ˈhās-niŋ, ˈhā-sən-iŋ\
: to move or act quickly She hastened up the stairs.
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
hastenerplay \ˈhās-nər, 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 of hasten from the Web
Shai Akabas, an analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, said that a reduction in income tax receipts probably isn’t enough to significantly hasten action on the debt ceiling.
That strategy may buy it time, but is no cure-all, and the company will still be entangled with the nuclear operations that helped hasten its downfall.
A movement intent on hastening the revolution develops certain habits of mind.
Fellow defensive backs have praised him as a reliable performer who also hastened their own development.
Mexican-Americans started coming to Boyle Heights after World War II, as American cities headed into a decline hastened by the rise of the suburb.
Police are investigating whether a Kaiser Permanente transplant surgeonattempted to hasten the death last February of a 26-year-old San LuisObispo man on life support in order to harvest his organs more quickly.
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Origin and Etymology of hasten
First Known Use: 1568
HASTEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hasten for English Language Learners
: to cause (something) to happen more quickly
: to move or act quickly
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