• WordNet 3.6
    • v hasten act or move at high speed "We have to rush!","hurry--it's late!"
    • v hasten cause to occur rapidly "the infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions"
    • v hasten move fast "He rushed down the hall to receive his guests","The cars raced down the street"
    • v hasten speed up the progress of; facilitate "This should expedite the process"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Hasten To move with celerity; to be rapid in motion; to act speedily or quickly; to go quickly. "I hastened to the spot whence the noise came."
    • v. t Hasten hās"'n To press; to drive or urge forward; to push on; to precipitate; to accelerate the movement of; to expedite; to hurry. "I would hasten my escape from the windy storm."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hasten To move or act with celerity; be rapid, speedy, or quick; make haste: applied primarily to voluntary action.
    • hasten Synonyms Hasten, Hurry. To hasten is to work, move, etc., quickly, but properly not too quickly; to hurry is to go too fast for dignity, comfort, or thoroughness: as, to hasten to tell a piece of good news; to hasten the erection of a building; to hurry through a lesson; to look hurried. While hasten has come to be thus used only in a good sense, haste, n., hasty, and hastiness retain a bad meaning as well as a good: as, the book was evidently written in haste; he had a hasty temper; he had occasion to regret his hastiness. Indeed, hasty and hastiness usually convey censure.
    • hasten To cause to move or act with celerity; cause to make haste; drive or urge forward; expedite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • vs.t Hasten (hās′n) to put to speed: to hurry on: to drive forward
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  • Caesar Augustus
    Caesar Augustus
    “Hasten slowly.”
  • Milarepa
    “Hasten slowly and ye shall soon arrive.”
  • Pierre De Beaumarchais
    Pierre De Beaumarchais
    “I hasten to laugh at everything, for fear of being obliged to weep.”
  • St. Gregory The Great
    St. Gregory The Great
    “Whatsoever one would understand what he hears must hasten to put into practice what he has heard.”
  • Albert Camus
    “We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.”
  • William Hutton
    William Hutton
    “The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds, ceases to be charity, and is only pride and ostentation.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. haste (Fr. hâte), from Teut.; cf. A.S. hǽst, Dut. haast, Ger. hast.


In literature:

Eleanore hastened through the streets, and suddenly discovered that she was in the Long Row.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
He hastened down the railroad to settle this point.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
This seeming store of gold was shown to the secretary, who hastened back to Polycrates with a glowing description of the treasure he had seen.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
He was at once sent for, and hastened with all speed to Rome.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
After performing this duty the guard hastened away to perform similar services for others.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
One car was rolled safely out of the danger zone, and Jack's party hastened back for another.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
People who met him that day hastened to congratulate him.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
Uniacke hastened his steps, and hailed Sir Graham in a loud and harsh voice.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
I hastened forward, for the dog began to howl desperately.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Pierre is with my father at this moment; hasten and listen to the conversation.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina

In poetry:

I heard the voice of the city,
Calling again and again,
And into her arms there hastened
Million and millions of men.
"The Voices" by Charles Hanson Towne
I hastened toward the window,
I saw my sweetheart's eyes
Sparkle with a smiling welcome,
As the stars up in the skies.
"My Sweetheart" by Frank Barbour Coffin
It surely from the hovel comes!
And now he hastens there,
And thence he hears the name of Christ
Amidst a broken prayer.
"The Sailor, Who Had Served In The Slave Trade." by Robert Southey
From heaven’s height he hastened down,
Pitying thy trouble sore ;
With thee a servant he became,
Himself thy wounds he bore.
"Weep Not" by Leo Alishan
And as they rise, they pass away.
The sun arises every day,
And hastening onward to the West,
He nightly sinks, but not to rest:
"Vanitas Vanitatum, Omnia Vanitas" by Anne Bronte
From home all the poison taking,
Hastening the light's advance,
Longings to warm light waking,
That lay there and had no chance.
"Hamar-Made Matches" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

Tenet's resignation may have been hastened by a critical, 400-page report from the Senate Intelligence Committee that was presented to the Central Intelligence Agency for comment last month.
"Oh no, I didn't like the music," he hastened to explain over lunch last week.
Trading veterans would give Jiri Tlusty and other Carolina Hurricanes youngsters valuable ice time and hasten their development.
The seldom-used technique is deemed ethical because the aim is to relieve intractable symptoms, not hasten death.
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is busy trying to figure out how to hasten the phaseout of Stage 2 business jets at Van Nuys Airport (VNY).
Cutting Defense Spending Could Hasten America's Decline as a World Power .
But Toews says he's concerned that any effort to hasten that training might compromise safety.
Big East turmoil could hasten Notre Dame's exit to ACC.
The frosts of this past week have accelerated the change in color and now this Friday's rains are hastening the metamorphous.
Focusing on Students' Financial Need to Hasten Completion .
Big East turmoil could hasten Notre Dame's exit to ACC.
Inland Lake's dam was also listed for improvements in the long-range capital program, but the recent discovery has hastened that action.
PM hastened democratic decline .
Focusing on Students' Financial Need to Hasten Completion.
Study Citing Benefits Could Hasten Approvals From Obama Administration.

In science:

We hasten to mention that the biggest uncertainty stems from |Vub |, and therefore requires a better precision on the same to conclude anything about the presence of NP.
CP asymmetry in $B^{+}\to K^+\pi^{0}$ and New Physics
Here the shape seems to have a large influence on the collapse, with even a small amount of oblateness producing collapse, while a small amount of prolateness hastens dispersion.
Numerical evolution of Brill waves
If second dredge-up occurs, it hastens the coming together of these two shells.
AGB Stars: Summary and Warning
We hasten to warn the reader that one should not be tempted to read the two different prefactors to λS (0) in the above expressions as the boost operator that appears in Eq. (3.12).
Extended set of Majorana spinors, a new dispersion relation, and a preferred frame
We hasten to add, though that the effects we consider are unrelated to this complication and rather represent an independent phenomenon – they are significant even in the complete absence of perturbative corrections.
On Extracting Heavy Quark Parameters from Moments with Cuts