Origin of hastenextended form of haste, verb
- An example of hasten is what you do to the demise of a company when you post lots of negative reviews of a company that is going bankrupt.
- An example of hasten is when you volunteer right away for an exciting job.
The definition of hasten is to cause something to happen more quickly, or to be quick to do something.
verbhas·tened, has·ten·ing, has·tens
To move or act swiftly. See Synonyms at speed.
- To cause to move or act swiftly: The guard hastened him out of the room.
- To cause to happen sooner than otherwise would be the case: negotiations that hastened the end of the war.
- To speed up; accelerate: fanned the wet paint to hasten drying.
(third-person singular simple present hastens, present participle hastening, simple past and past participle hastened)
From haste + -en.
- I have just returned from my benefactor, and hasten to write down what I have experienced.
- When he had left for the front, the emperor proceeded with Grouchy to reconnoitre the Prussian position at Gilly; and handing over the command of the right wing to the marshal, whom he ordered to capture Gilly, Napoleon returned to Charleroi, to hasten the passage of the French army across the Sambre and mass it in the gap between the allies.
- The art of printing had been invented in good time to help and hasten the new movement of men's minds.
- One after another they hasten to display their insignificance before him.
- Napoleon therefore stayed his hand and proceeded to hasten forward the organization, almost the creation, of an army, with which he could confront the coalition.