Definition of haste noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

haste

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//heɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//heɪst//
 
[uncountable](formal)
 
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  • speed in doing something, especially because you do not have enough time synonym hurry In her haste to complete the work on time, she made a number of mistakes. The letter had clearly been written in haste. After his first wife died, he married again with almost indecent haste. Why all the haste? (old-fashioned) She made haste to open the door.
  • Word Origin Middle English: from Old French haste (noun), haster (verb), of Germanic origin.Extra examples He married again with almost indecent haste. I had to make haste if I wasn’t to be late. In his haste to get home, he forgot to go to the library. She worked with frantic haste. The ships were ordered to sea with all haste. They approached without haste. They obviously left in great haste. In her haste to finish on time she made a number of mistakes. The letter had clearly been written in haste.Idioms
    marry in haste (, repent at leisure)
     
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    (saying) people who marry quickly, without really getting to know each other, may discover later that they have made a mistake
    (British English, saying) you will finish doing something sooner if you do not try to do it too quickly because you will make fewer mistakes
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: haste

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