- 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[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[intransitive] + adv./prep. (literary) to go or move somewhere quickly synonym hurry We hastened back to Rome. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: extended form of haste, on the pattern of verbs in -en.
BrE BrE//ˈheɪsn//; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪsn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hasten
BrE BrE//ˈheɪsn//; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪsn//he / she / it hastens
BrE BrE//ˈheɪsnz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪsnz//past simple hastened
BrE BrE//ˈheɪsnd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪsnd//past participle hastened
BrE BrE//ˈheɪsnd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪsnd//-ing form hastening
BrE BrE//ˈheɪsnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪsnɪŋ//