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. 8.
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. 11.
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.] To hasten; to hurry. [Archaic]
I 'll haste the writer. --Shak.
They were troubled and hasted away. --Ps. xlviii. 5.
n 1: overly eager speed (and possible carelessness); "he soon
regretted his haste" [syn: hastiness, hurry, hurriedness,
2: the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner; "in
his haste to leave he forgot his book" [syn: hurry, rush,
3: a condition of urgency making it necessary to hurry; "in a
hurry to lock the door" [syn: hurry]