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hasten

verb
     
has‧ten formal
1 [transitive] to make something happen faster or sooner:
Their departure was hastened by an abnormally cold winter.
2 [intransitive] to do or say something quickly or without delay [= hurry]
hasten to do something
I hastened to assure her that there was no danger.
3

I hasten to add

used when you realize that what you have said may not have been understood correctly:
an exhausting course, which, I hasten to add, was also great fun
4 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] literary to go somewhere quickly

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