What does hasten mean?

Definitions for hasten
ˈheɪ sənhas·ten

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word hasten.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rush, hasten, hurry, look sharp, festinateverb

    act or move at high speed

    "We have to rush!"; "hurry--it's late!"

  2. rush, hotfoot, hasten, hie, speed, race, pelt along, rush along, cannonball along, bucket along, belt along, step on itverb

    move fast

    "He rushed down the hall to receive his guests"; "The cars raced down the street"

  3. expedite, hastenverb

    speed up the progress of; facilitate

    "This should expedite the process"

  4. induce, stimulate, rush, hastenverb

    cause to occur rapidly

    "the infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions"


  1. hastenverb

    To move in a quick fashion.

  2. hastenverb

    To make someone speed up or make something happen quicker.

  3. hastenverb

    To cause some scheduled event to happen earlier.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Haste, To Hastenverb

    To push forward; to urge on; to precipitate; to drive to a swifter pace.

    Let it be so hasted, that supper be ready at the farthest by five of the clock. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    All hopes of succour from your arms is past;
    To save us now, you must our ruin haste. Dryden.

    Each sees his lamp with diff’rent lustre crown’d;
    Each knows his course with diff’rent periods bound;
    And in his passage through the liquid space,
    Nor hastens, nor retards his neighbour’s race. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Haste, To Hastenverb

    Etymology: haster, French; haesten, Dutch.

    I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee. Jer.

    ’Tis Cinna, I do know him by his gait;
    He is a friend. Cinna, where haste you so? William Shakespeare.

    They were troubled and hasted away. Ps. xlviii. 5.

    All those things are passed away like a shadow, and as a post that hasted by. Wisd. v. 9.

    Hasting to pay his tribute to the sea,
    Like mortal life to meet eternity. John Denham.

    These rites perform’d, the prince, without delay,
    Hastes to the nether world, his destin’d way. John Dryden, Æn.

    To distant Sparta, and the spacious waste
    Of sandy Pyle, the royal youth shall haste. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Soon as the sun awakes the sprightly court,
    Leave their repose, and hasten to the sport. Matthew Prior.


  1. hasten

    The national anthem of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was first officially adopted in 1950 without lyrics. The piece was gifted by the then Egyptian King Farouq when King Abdulaziz made a visit to Egypt. It was then adopted again in 1984 with lyrics written by Ibrāhīm Khafājī. The original composition was by Abdul-Raḥman al-Khaṭīb in 1947, and the brass instrumental version was later arranged by Sirāj Umar.


  1. hasten

    To hasten means to move or act quickly or swiftly in order to accelerate a process or action, or cause something to happen sooner than expected. It involves increasing speed, efficiency, or urgency. It is often used in the context of accomplishing tasks, making decisions, or responding to situations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hastenverb

    to press; to drive or urge forward; to push on; to precipitate; to accelerate the movement of; to expedite; to hurry

  2. Hastenverb

    to move celerity; to be rapid in motion; to act speedily or quickly; to go quickly

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hasten is ranked #37955 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hasten surname appeared 585 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Hasten.

    84.4% or 494 total occurrences were White.
    8.8% or 52 total occurrences were Black.
    3.5% or 21 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 12 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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Anagrams for hasten »

  1. sneath

  2. thanes

  3. Athens

  4. snathe

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hasten in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hasten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of hasten in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare:

    Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore; So do our minutes hasten to their end.

  2. Blaise Pascal:

    We think very little of time present; we anticipate the future, as being too slow, and with a view to hasten it onward, we recall the past to stay it as too swiftly gone. We are so thoughtless, that we thus wander through the hours which are not here, regardless only of the moment that is actually our own.

  3. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    We see before our very eyes a stark retreat from the red lines that the world powers set themselves only recently, and publicly, there is no reason to hasten into signing this bad deal, which is getting worse by the day.

  4. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    That is why I think we need to redouble our efforts to get -- hasten this delivery of equipment to them, their training to support Prime Minister Abadi, we can't make this happen by ourselves, but we can assist it to happen, and we are counting on the Iraqi people to come behind a multi-sectarian government in Baghdad.

  5. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

    Let's not delay or hasten the timetable for a vote.

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Translations for hasten

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • vorziehen, beeilen, hasten, beschleunigen, eilen, vorverlegenGerman
  • acelerar, adelantar, correr, anticipar, precipitarSpanish
  • تعجیلPersian
  • kiirehtää, kiirehtiäFinnish
  • presser, dépêcher, hâterFrench
  • luathaighIrish
  • siet, gyorsít, siettetHungarian
  • affrettarsi, anticipare, affrettare, sbrigarsiItalian
  • whakaomaMāori
  • verhaasten, bespoedigen, vervroegen, haastenDutch
  • chanchayQuechua
  • торопить, спешить, поторопить, торопиться, поспешить, поторопитьсяRussian
  • poponáhľať, urýchliť, náhliť, posúriť, anticipiovaťSlovak
  • hasta, jäkta, skynda, skynda påSwedish
  • เร่งรีบThai

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