Meaning of “hasten” in the English Dictionary

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"hasten" in British English

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hastenverb

uk /ˈheɪ.sən/ us /ˈheɪ.sən/ formal

[ T ] to make something happen sooner or more quickly:

There is little doubt that poor medical treatment hastened her death.
These recent poor results 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 perfect health.

[ + to infinitive ] If you hasten to say something, you want to make it clear:

It was an unfortunate decision and I hasten to say it had nothing to do with me.
"People around here dress so badly - except you, Justin," she hastened to add.

(Definition of “hasten” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hasten" in American English

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hastenverb

us /ˈheɪ·sən/

to hurry, or to make something go or happen faster:

[ + to infinitive ] They didn’t get what they were after – thanks to you, I hasten to add.
[ T ] To hasten softening, place the cream cheese in the oven for a few minutes.

(Definition of “hasten” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)