Definitions for: Haste

[n] the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner; "in his haste to leave he forgot his book"
[n] overly eager speed (and possible carelessness); "he soon regretted his haste"
[n] a condition of urgency making it necessary to hurry; "in a hurry to lock the door"

Webster (1913) Definition: Haste, n. [OE. hast; akin to D. haast, G., Dan., Sw., &
OFries. hast, cf. OF. haste, F. h[^a]te (of German origin);
all perh. fr. the root of E. hate in a earlier sense of, to
pursue. See Hate.]
1. Celerity of motion; speed; swiftness; dispatch;
expedition; -- applied only to voluntary beings, as men
and other animals.

The king's business required haste. --1 Sam. xxi.

2. The state of being urged or pressed by business; hurry;
urgency; sudden excitement of feeling or passion;
precipitance; vehemence.

I said in my haste, All men are liars. --Ps. cxvi.

To make haste, to hasten.

Syn: Speed; quickness; nimbleness; swiftness; expedition;
dispatch; hurry; precipitance; vehemence; precipitation.

Usage: Haste, Hurry, Speed, Dispatch. Haste denotes
quickness of action and a strong desire for getting
on; hurry includes a confusion and want of collected
thought not implied in haste; speed denotes the actual
progress which is made; dispatch, the promptitude and
rapidity with which things are done. A man may
properly be in haste, but never in a hurry. Speed
usually secures dispatch.

Haste, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Hasted; p. pr. & vb.
n. Hasting.] [OE. hasten; akin to G. hasten, D. haasten,
Dan. haste, Sw. hasta, OF. haster, F. h[^a]ter. See Haste,
To hasten; to hurry. [Archaic]

I 'll haste the writer. --Shak.

They were troubled and hasted away. --Ps. xlviii.

Synonyms: hastiness, hurriedness, hurry, hurry, hurry, precipitation, rush, rushing

See Also: abruptness, bolt, dash, fastness, motion, move, movement, precipitance, precipitancy, precipitateness, scamper, scramble, scurry, speed, suddenness, swiftness, urgency

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