Originally intransitive, from haste + -en (verbal suffix).
hasten (third-person singular simple present hastens, present participle hastening, simple past and past participle hastened)
- (intransitive) To move or act in a quick fashion.
- (transitive) To make someone speed up or make something happen quicker.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Psalms 55:8:
- I would hasten my escape from the windy storm.
- c. 1599–1602 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene ii]:
Bid the players make haste.
Will you two help to hasten them?
- (transitive) To cause some scheduled event to happen earlier.
- 1960 February, R. C. Riley, “The London-Birmingham services - Past, Present and Future”, in Trains Illustrated, page 96:
- The decision to hasten completion of the electrification of London Midland Region main lines from Euston to the north and the subsequent diversion of some traffic to the Western Region in order to allow the engineers fuller track occupation, have focused attention on the two main routes between London, Birmingham and Wolverhampton.
- 2008, Bradley Simpson, Economists with Guns, page 7:
- […] and prescribed policies and packages of military, economic and technical assistance to hasten their inevitable march toward development and modernity.
- (move in a quick fashion): dart, race; see also Thesaurus:move quickly
- (speed up): accelerate, quicken, speed up; see also Thesaurus:speed up
- (cause a scheduled event to happen earlier): hurry, rush, zoom; see also Thesaurus:rush
to move in a quick fashion
to make someone/something speed up
to cause a scheduled event to happen earlier
- hasten at OneLook Dictionary Search
- Present participle of hasi.
hasten (weak, third-person singular present hastet, past tense hastete, past participle gehastet, auxiliary sein)
- to hurry, to rush
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|er hastet||sie hasten||er haste||sie hasten|
|preterite||ich hastete||wir hasteten||ii||ich hastete1||wir hasteten1|
|du hastetest||ihr hastetet||du hastetest1||ihr hastetet1|
|er hastete||sie hasteten||er hastete1||sie hasteten1|
1Rare except in very formal contexts; alternative in würde normally preferred.