Definition of haste in English:



  • Excessive speed or urgency of movement or action; hurry.

    ‘working with feverish haste’
    ‘I write in haste’
    • ‘And so it seems blundering in haste and repenting at leisure is no one's monopoly.’
    • ‘She packed her bag with as much haste as she could muster and promptly threw it over her shoulder.’
    • ‘The inhabitants were pursued and had to flee in haste, so that many froze to death.’
    • ‘In haste, he fastens the door, then changes his mind and tries to make a run for it.’
    • ‘Passion defines your relationships: you either fall for someone at first sight or marry in haste.’
    • ‘I left the rest of my shopping and ran for the car, knocking over a display of biscuits in my haste to dodge people and escape.’
    • ‘Just over 2 years ago, local government legislation was passed under urgency and in haste.’
    • ‘She commanded, and everyone ducked their heads in haste, not wanting to be seen.’
    • ‘I hung up the phone in haste, because I still needed to get my blades on, and fast!’
    • ‘The writing on the wall was clear - never act in haste to repent at leisure.’
    • ‘It matters that Morgan was dismissed with unseemly haste by corporate interests clearly waiting for the opportunity.’
    • ‘Entertainment channels were launched in haste by overlooking the media habits of the population.’
    • ‘He spun around to spot her making her way over to him; it appeared he had sped past her in his haste to get to the entrance.’
    • ‘One person who was in haste, trying to get out of that bus, twisted his ankle.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, in haste, mom used the diesel pump instead of unleaded.’
    • ‘The field workers picked away with growing haste, knowing that their break was only a matter of a few minutes away.’
    • ‘Your Honour, this matter has been brought on in some haste as I think you can see from the affidavit.’
    • ‘The most recent action to evacuate was not taken in haste, he declares, and denounces those who say it was.’
    • ‘It is also evident that the resident has been in haste, with random things lying about.’
    • ‘After they had seen her, she was in haste to get out of there and save her life.’
    speed, hastiness, hurry, hurriedness, swiftness, rapidity, rapidness, quickness, promptness, briskness, immediateness
    impetuosity, precipitateness, rush, rushing
    celerity, fleetness
    expedition, expeditiousness, promptitude
    quickly, rapidly, fast, speedily, with alacrity, with urgency, in a rush, in a hurry, with dispatch
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  • archaic term for hasten
    • ‘[From Vivaculus:]… I hasted to London, and entreated one of my academical acquaintances to introduce me into some of the little societies of literature which are formed in taverns and coffee - houses.’
    • ‘And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetched a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.’
    • ‘For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.’
    • ‘Gibeon was also the scene of Joshua's ‘long day’ in which the ‘sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day’.’
    • ‘And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.’


  • make haste

    • dated Hurry; hasten.

      ‘I make haste to seal this’
      • ‘This autumn devotees of the American artist Thomas Eakins will want to make haste to Philadelphia where two impressive exhibitions of his work are on view.’
      • ‘My last train home was at 00: 20 so I decided I'd better make haste.’
      • ‘Africa should therefore make haste and come up with strategies, which will strengthen her position at a global level.’
      • ‘Others were encouraged to sell by estate agents who advised them to make haste.’
      • ‘It was now after 11 PM and we decided to make haste and get out of the ‘security zone’ before it got much later.’
      • ‘Anyone wanting to apply for the jobs would need to make haste though, as the closing date for applications is Tuesday, July 27.’
      • ‘Donning childlike smiles and glowing with eager anticipation, we made haste for the dining room just a few steps down the hall.’
      • ‘But shouldn't we make haste? They might be looking for us already.’
      • ‘Hurry, Vicky, we shall make haste lest the guards be alerted of our taking leave.’
      • ‘As for rushing things, it is wise to make haste slowly, but make haste toward this goal nevertheless.’
  • more haste, less speed

    • proverb You make better progress with a task if you don't try to do it too quickly.

      • ‘More haste, less speed! The feverish hand often gives itself additional toil.’
      • ‘My mum used to tell me 'More Haste, Less Speed', mostly when I had made a mess of something by rushing.’
      • ‘Doubtlessly the Government felt pressured on this front, and we were part of the push to implement the agency in question, but an attitude of ‘more haste, less speed’ may be counter-productive in this respect.’


Middle English: from Old French haste (noun), haster (verb), of Germanic origin.