haste: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (hāst), [key]
— n., v., hast•ed, hast•ing.
  1. swiftness of motion; speed; celerity: He performed his task with great haste. They felt the need for haste.
  2. urgent need of quick action; a hurry or rush: to be in haste to get ahead in the world.
  3. unnecessarily quick action; thoughtless, rash, or undue speed: Haste makes waste.
  4. to act or go with speed; hurry: She made haste to tell the president the good news.
—v.i., v.t.
  1. to hasten.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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