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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[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.’
- 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.
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