V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to speed up the progress of an activity; 2. to go somewhere or do something quickly and without delay

Synonyms: speed, quicken, accelerate, hurry, expedite, rush, hustle

Antonyms: slow, delay

Tips: The verb hasten comes from the noun haste, which means "great speed." Hasten is a somewhat formal word. It's much more common to hear words like hurry or expedite. If you hasten something, you make it happen faster (expedite, accelerate) or you do it quickly (in a rush).

Usage Examples:

We should hasten to get to the theater so we don't miss the beginning of the movie. (hurry, rush)

Molly hastened to hide her bad report card before her parents got home. (rushed, hustled)

Is there any way to hasten this process so we don't have to wait so long. (quicken, accelerate)

The loss of its largest client hastened the company's bankruptcy. (accelerated, expedited)

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