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hasten Line breaks: has¦ten
Pronunciation: /ˈheɪs(ə)n/

Definition of hasten in English:


[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, go fast, go quickly, make haste, hurtle, dash, dart, race, rush, fly, flash, shoot, streak, bolt, bound, blast, charge, chase, career, hurry up, speed up, scurry, scramble, scamper, scuttle, sprint, run, gallop, go like lightning, go hell for leather;
British scutter
informalwhizz, whoosh, vroom, tear, scoot, hare, pelt, zip, whip, zoom, belt, beetle, buzz, get a move on, step on it, hotfoot it, leg it, burn rubber, go like a bat out of hell
British informalbomb, bucket, shift, put one's foot down, go like the clappers
Scottish informalwheech
North American informalhightail, barrel, boogie, clip, lay rubber, get the lead out
North American vulgar slangdrag/tear/haul ass
informal, , datedcut along
archaicpost, hie, fleet
1.2 [with object] Cause (something, especially something undesirable) to happen sooner than it otherwise would: this tragedy probably hastened his own death from heart disease
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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, make faster, accelerate, quicken, precipitate, expedite, advance, hurry on, step up, push forward, urge on, spur on;
facilitate, aid, assist, help, boost
informalcrank up, gee up


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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