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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Rather than potentially hasten Nai Nai's death with bad news, Billi's family orchestrates a shotgun wedding for Billi’s cousin, an elaborate charade to bring everyone together for one last gathering with Nai Nai. Dallas News, "I'm not alone in my strange hunger: How 'The Farewell' reflects food and the Chinese-American family," 9 Aug. 2019 This week, The Enquirer reported that the hospital system then called Mercy Health paid $6 million to Armstrong’s family to settle claims that caregiver errors at Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital hastened his death Aug. 25, 2012. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Neil Armstrong: Bypass surgery remains risky. But complications like his are rare.," 25 July 2019 Franklin County prosecutors allege that Husel, 43, ordered excessive doses of opioids for those patients in intensive care, which either caused or hastened their deaths. NBC News, "Case against Ohio doctor charged with killing 25 patients may hinge on former colleagues," 6 June 2019 Humankind’s ability to feed itself is under threat from a hastening climate emergency. Fortune, "Climate Change Is Making It Harder for Us to Feed Ourselves," 25 July 2019 At night, Nidhi’s friends pushed her into the marital bedroom, closed the door, and hastened away in a crowd of giggles. Abhijith Ravinutala, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Definition(s)," 20 July 2019 Chinese tradition dictates that it be kept from her until her final days, the idea being that the fear of dying hastens an individual’s demise. N.e.g., The Economist, "“The Farewell” is a poignant study of family, tradition and identity," 16 July 2019 His efforts to crack Germany’s Enigma code remained a secret for decades but are now credited with saving thousands of lives and hastening the end of World War II. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Alan Turing, World War II code-breaker castrated for being gay, is the face of Britain’s £50 note," 15 July 2019 And everyone fears that cracking down on these companies might only hasten the loss of jobs. David Roberts, Vox, "Coal left Appalachia devastated. Now it’s doing the same to Wyoming.," 9 July 2019

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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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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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