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 But public health experts say that there is urgent need to speed up the rollout of the vaccine to hasten the end of New York’s epidemic before hospitals are overwhelmed or a new and more contagious variant of the virus makes inroads. New York Times, "Virus Numbers Are Surging. Why Is New York’s Vaccine Rollout Sluggish?," 1 Jan. 2021 The Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik, the first manmade satellite, in 1957 forced the United States to hasten the drive for space exploration. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why John Glenn Couldn’t Escape the Hero Label," 9 Dec. 2020 Bourla rallied seven other companies, all of which were involved with Operation Warp Speed, and were likely aware that President Trump’s wish to hasten the arrival of a vaccine was creating the impression that developers were taking shortcuts. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "Countdown to a Coronavirus Vaccine," 6 Dec. 2020 Such shoreline structures can hasten beach erosion, and state officials were trying to ensure that didn’t happen. Sophie Cocke, ProPublica, "How Famous Surfers and Wealthy Homeowners Are Endangering Hawaii’s Beaches," 5 Dec. 2020 Leaders like Abrams, who has pushed Democrats to pay more attention to the state, have helped hasten the shift. Faith Karimi, CNN, "For Stacey Abrams, revenge is a dish best served blue," 7 Nov. 2020 Leaders of Operation Warp Speed, the federal effort to hasten vaccine and therapeutic development, have projected having 600 million to 700 million doses of vaccine by March or April. Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus cases in the US shatter records, straining health care," 6 Nov. 2020 Delia's was undergoing a shift of their own, a pivot to retail stores that would ultimately hasten the company’s downfall. Lacy Warner, Vogue, "Growing Up Abroad, the Delia’s Catalog Was My Connection to America," 6 Nov. 2020 CEOs, analysts and economists said the pandemic could hasten a process of deglobalization that was set in motion by several years of trade wars and growing nationalism. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "These Firms Are in No Rush to Say ‘Made in the U.S.A.’," 23 Oct. 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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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Hasten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hasten. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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