Definition of hasten in English:



  • 1 Be quick to do something.

    ‘he hastened to refute the assertion’
    • ‘He swayed as he spoke, and the ladies near him hastened to move away from his whiskey-laden breath.’
    • ‘But, the lawyer hastened to add, ‘This is not intended to be any kind of specific statement.’’
    • ‘I noticed that the others were already moving towards the staircase without me, so I hastened to catch up.’
    • ‘When Kim made no move to follow Bill's command, Angela hastened to open the door.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1[with adverbial of direction]Move or travel hurriedly.
      ‘we hastened back to Paris’
      • ‘After a quick phone call I hastened to the office.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The girl in question had hastened from her seat next to Allyson and was moving rather quickly in the direction of the elevators.’
      • ‘The fat man scrambled up and hastened away, helped along by the boot of Magdalena.’
    2. 1.2[with object]Cause (something) to happen sooner than it otherwise would.
      ‘a move that could hasten peace talks’
      • ‘Experts explained that overcrowded high-rises and overusage of underground space hasten the speed of subsidence.’
      • ‘Konterman cited problems other foreign players have faced with the media in Britain, which probably hastened their departures.’
      • ‘For one thing, while military spending didn't cause the downfall of Soviet Communism, it probably hastened the demise.’
      • ‘As Angus Calder has suggested, ‘the effect of the war was not to sweep society on to a new course, but to hasten its progress along the old grooves.’’
      • ‘But his demise sparked bitter divisions, with the children of his first wife contesting his will amid allegations his death had been hastened by drugs.’
      • ‘The report says that in all likelihood it would hasten the imposition of congestion charges or tolling on the M50 to control demand on the motorway.’
      • ‘According to a report in the Sunday Times, there is increasing concern across Britain about the way hospitals appear to be hastening the deaths of elderly patients.’
      • ‘Perhaps if the politicians talked about race as if it was already an irrelevance it would hasten the day when it is.’
      • ‘They noted that many people believe that to talk about death or engage in advance care planning might hasten one's death.’
      • ‘The research team says this suggests additional factors, besides climate change, probably hastened the giant deer's eventual extinction.’
      • ‘At 5: 57, probably hastened by a call from the crowd for more media presence, they advanced.’
      • ‘Projected fuel cost increases and savings from water conservation will probably hasten the break-even point.’
      • ‘These energetic performances continued unabated for a decade, and probably hastened his death.’
      • ‘In any event, the composer was badly shaken during this era, which probably hastened his death in 1950.’
      • ‘He probably hastened his end by having to live without family support during his illness.’
      • ‘He will have been aware that the figure would be enough to represent a big loss for him, thus probably hastening his departure; but it would also be a big enough majority for him to govern with if and when he moves next door.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘First, physicians tend to be concerned about using opioids in terminal patients for fear of suppressing respiration and hastening death.’
      • ‘This decision not to opt for the stock market route probably hastened the departure of Quinn.’


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