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Definition of hasten verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hasten

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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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 Rome.
  4. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: extended form of haste, on the pattern of verbs in -en.
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