AskDefine | Define hasten

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1 act or move at high speed; "We have to rush!"; "hurry--it's late!" [syn: rush, hurry, look sharp, festinate]
2 step on it; "He rushed down the hall to receive his guests"; "The cars raced down the street" [syn: rush, hotfoot, hie, speed, race, pelt along, rush along, cannonball along, bucket along, belt along] [ant: linger]
3 speed up the progress of; facilitate; "This should expedite the process" [syn: expedite]
4 cause to occur rapidly; "the infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions" [syn: induce, stimulate, rush]

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rfap US


  1. To move in a quick fashion.
  2. To make someone speed up or make something happen quicker.


Related terms


to move in a quick fashion
to make someone/something speed up


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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