Definition of hasten in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhās(ə)n/


[no object, with infinitive]
1Be quick to do something: he hastened to refute the assertion
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  • But, the lawyer hastened to add, ‘This is not intended to be any kind of specific statement.’
  • This, I hasten to add, is not to cast any aspersion over the good intentions of either company, rather, it reflects what tends to happen generally in a market concentrated on a small number of suppliers.
  • He swayed as he spoke, and the ladies near him hastened to move away from his whiskey-laden breath.
1.1 [with adverbial of direction] Move or travel hurriedly: we hastened back to Paris
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  • The fat man scrambled up and hastened away, helped along by the boot of Magdalena.
  • There is nothing more to say about this damnable road; it is best to hasten along it if one must, and to turn off it as soon as one may.
  • But what do their faces tell us, as they hasten to their posts?
hurry, rush, dash, race, fly, shoot;
scurry, scramble, dart, bolt, sprint, run, gallop;
go fast, go quickly, go like lightning, go hell-bent for leather
informal tear, scoot, zip, zoom, belt, hotfoot it, bomb, hightail, barrel
dated make haste
1.2 [with object] Cause (something) to happen sooner than it otherwise would: a move that could hasten peace talks
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  • In December 1889, Parnell became involved in a divorce that was to end his political influence and the trauma of this divorce probably hastened his early death.
  • A couple of undistinguished losses hastened the end of his career.
  • Experts explained that overcrowded high-rises and overusage of underground space hasten the speed of subsidence.
speed up, accelerate, quicken, precipitate, advance, hurry on, step up, spur on, catalyze;
facilitate, aid, assist, boost


Mid 16th century: extended form of haste, on the pattern of verbs in -en1.

Words that rhyme with hasten

basin, caisson, chasten, diapason, Jason, mason

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Syllabification: has·ten

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