hasten
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) IPA: /ˈheɪ.sən/
Verb

hasten (hastens, present participle hastening; past and past participle hastened)

  1. (intransitive) To move or act in a quick fashion.
  2. (transitive) To make someone speed up or make something happen quicker.
    • Bible, Psalms lv. 8
      I would hasten my escape from the windy storm.
    • circa 1599-1601 William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III scene ii:
      smallcaps Hamlet:
      Bid the players make haste.
      Will you two help to hasten them?
  3. (transitive) To cause some scheduled event to happen earlier.
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