V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. great speed, especially in times of urgency; 2. excessive speed, leading to careless errors

Synonyms: hurry, hustle, speed, rush

Antonyms: leisure

Tips: Haste is a more sophisticated way of saying "great speed." If something is done with haste, it is done with "great speed." Haste often leads to mistakes. For example if you pack your bags in haste (great speed), there is a strong likelihood that you will forget to pack something important. You may have heard the statement "haste makes waste." This is the idea that doing something too fast usually ends up causing problems in the long run. The related verb hasten means "to do something quickly" or "make something happen faster."

Usage Examples:

I sent the proposal to him in haste and forgot to spell-check it before it went out. (great speed)

Despite packing with haste, I still didn't get ready in time. (great speed)

To hasten softening, place the butter in the microwave for 10 seconds. (speed up) verb

We are doing several things in hopes of hastening the completion of this project. (speeding up, accelerating) verb

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