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.

v.i., v.t. hasten.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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