hasten

verb
has·​ten | \ ˈhā-sᵊn How to pronounce hasten (audio) \
hastened; hastening\ ˈhās-​niŋ How to pronounce hasten (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 hasten (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 Julie Washington reports that pharmaceutical companies are in a race to find at-home COVID-19 treatments that could save lives, reduce hospitalizations and hasten the return to normalcy in the United States. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 4 June 2021 Another told the newspaper that U.S. pressure on Israel could encourage Hamas to intensify its attacks rather than hasten a cease-fire. Washington Post, 20 May 2021 Glassman has encouraged everyone to get vaccinated to contribute to the governor’s 70% goal and hasten the return to normal. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, 13 May 2021 Bowlsby sent a cease-and-desist letter to Magnus a day earlier, alleging ESPN was incentivizing at least one other conference to raid the league in an effort to hasten the departure of Texas and Oklahoma to the Southeastern Conference. Ralph D. Russo, Chron, 29 July 2021 The Big 12 sent a cease-and-desist letter to Magnus a day earlier, alleging ESPN was incentivizing at least one other conference to raid the league in an effort to hasten the departure of Texas and Oklahoma to the Southeastern Conference. BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2021 Of course, encouraging the American Athletic Conference to poach Big 12 members in an effort to hasten its demise — thus freeing Texas and Oklahoma to join the SEC sooner, and without $80 million in penalties — is downright diabolical. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 29 July 2021 One example is a produce air filter, which captures the ethylene gas that can hasten rotting. Washington Post, 26 July 2021 Accordingly, Alexandrova is wary about how the word might be co-opted by politicians or economic experts, who hasten to tell the public the world has recovered through just the usual host of familiar indicators like GDP data or inflation numbers. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 4 June 2021

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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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Last Updated

16 Oct 2021

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“Hasten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hasten. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for hasten

hasten

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hasten

: to cause (something) to happen more quickly
: 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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