hasten

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈheɪs.ən/
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Verb[change]

Plain form
hasten

Third-person singular
hastens

Past tense
hastened

Past participle
hastened

Present participle
hastening

  1. If you hasten to do something, you try to do it very soon and very quickly.
    After the play ended, she hastened to leave.
  2. If you hasten an event, you try to make it happen very soon and very quickly.
    We've known for a long time that loneliness hastens death, but haven't been able to explain how.

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