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Definition of hasten verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hasten
    he / she / it hastens
    past simple hastened
    -ing form hastening
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  1. 1[intransitive] hasten to do something to say or do something without delay She saw his frown and hastened to explain. He has been described as a “charmless bore”—not by me,I hasten to add.
  2. 2[transitive] hasten something (formal) to make something happen sooner or more quickly The treatment she received may, in fact, have hastened her death. News of the scandal certainly hastened his departure from office.
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. (literary) to go or move somewhere quickly synonym hurry We hastened back to Boston.
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