I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English hǣst violence Date: 14th century 1. rapidity of motion ; swiftness 2. rash or headlong action ; precipitateness <
the beauty of speed uncontaminated by hasteHarper's
3. undue eagerness to act Synonyms: haste, hurry, speed, expedition, dispatch mean quickness in movement or action. haste applies to personal action and implies urgency and precipitancy and often rashness <
marry in haste
. hurry often has a strong suggestion of agitated bustle or confusion <
in the hurry of departure she forgot her toothbrush
. speed suggests swift efficiency in movement or action <
exercises to increase your reading speed
. expedition and dispatch both imply speed and efficiency in handling affairs but expedition stresses ease or efficiency of performance and dispatch stresses promptness in concluding matters <
the case came to trial with expedition
paid bills with dispatch
. II. verb (hasted; hasting) Date: 14th century transitive verb archaic to urge on ; hasten intransitive verb to move or act swiftly

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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