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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Today, many left-wing journalists, lawyers, politicians, and academics would hasten to agree. Timothy Sandefur, National Review, "The Anti-Slavery Constitution," 12 Sep. 2019 Some of those visits, Ballard tells National Geographic, may be hastening its demise by bumping the ship and making holes. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Titanic Is Being Reclaimed by the Sea," 22 Aug. 2019 When scheduled one to two hours before bedtime, a warm bath can also hasten the speed of falling asleep by about 36%. Shahab Haghayegh, Quartzy, "The science of why a warm bath before bed helps you sleep," 14 Aug. 2019 When scheduled one to two hours before bedtime, a warm bath can also hasten the speed of falling asleep by about 36%. Shahab Haghayegh, The Conversation, "Want better sleep? Try a warm bath or shower 1-2 hours before bedtime, study suggests," 13 Aug. 2019 The resolution could also hasten legal challenges from one committee seeking information about the administration's addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census and from another that has subpoenaed Trump's tax returns. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "House plans vote authorizing wide-ranging lawsuits to gather evidence about President Trump," 11 June 2019 This may also hasten the extent to which countries are willing to manipulate global internet protocols, such as the Border Gateway Protocol that routes global internet traffic. Justin Sherman, WIRED, "Russia and Iran Plan to Fundamentally Isolate the Internet," 6 June 2019 The World Bank estimated the fires cost Indonesia $16 billion, and a Harvard and Columbia study estimated the haze hastened 100,000 deaths in the region. Washington Post, "Indonesia sends more people, aircraft to battle forest fires," 18 Sep. 2019 He was accompanied by members of his family, including Grace Mugabe, his second wife, who had unwittingly hastened his downfall. The Economist, "A sad, tawdry end for Robert Mugabe," 15 Sep. 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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