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hastenverb

uk   /ˈheɪ.sən/  us   /ˈheɪ.sən/ formal
[T] to make something ​happensooner or more ​quickly: There is little ​doubt that ​poormedicaltreatment hastened her ​death. These ​recentpoorresults have hastened the manager's ​departure.
[+ to infinitive] If you hasten to do something, you ​quickly do it: The ​president hastened to ​reassure his ​people that he was in ​perfecthealth.
[+ to infinitive] If you hasten to say something, you ​want to make it ​clear: It was an ​unfortunatedecision and I hasten to say it had nothing to do with me. "People around here ​dress so ​badly - except you, Justin," she hastened toadd.
(Definition of hasten from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hastenverb

 us   /ˈheɪ·sən/
to ​hurry, or to make something go or ​happenfaster: [+ to infinitive] They didn’t get what they were after – ​thanks to you, I hasten to ​add. [T] To hasten ​softening, ​place the ​creamcheese in the ​oven for a few ​minutes.
(Definition of hasten from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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