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.’
      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
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    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.’
      speed up, make faster, accelerate, quicken, precipitate, expedite, advance, hurry on, step up, push forward, urge on, spur on
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Mid 16th century: extended form of haste, on the pattern of verbs in -en.