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. make haste, to act or go with speed; hurry: She made haste to tell the president the good news.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.