Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Hasty.
  • intransitive v. To hasten.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To hurry.
  • adj. hurried, hasty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Hasty; hurried.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hasty; hurried.
  • To quicken the steps involuntarily when walking, as in paralysis agitans.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. act or move at high speed

Etymologies

Latin festinātus, past participle of festināre, to hasten.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin festīnātus (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There's also, in some of his works, a sense of festination -- of explosive speed, though that doesn't have quite the same connotation as "to festinate" -- as though the work is hurrying to get through itself before devolving into violent noise.

    "...my music is also seductive, even spiritual"

  • Nuntiate autem patri meo omnem gloriam meam in Aegypto, et omnia quae vidistis: et festinate, et descendere facite patrem meum huc.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2

  • Advise the duke, where you are going, to a most festinate preparation: we are bound to the like.

    Act III. Scene VII. King Lear

  • But RIM needs to be careful, because innovations from elsewhere could signal its festinate demise.

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  • With the underway festinate for refinances, most lenders 'underwriting departments are backlogged - and applications crapper intend cragfast there for a hebdomad or more.

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  • However, if you are observed to enter insolvency but hit not finished so yet, then gratify verify your instance and don't festinate the impact - it is more primary to secure that every your bases are awninged kinda than to attain a nonachievement that haw outlay you later.

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  • Costa Rica is a slower tranquil surround was grouping hit instance to speech and there is no festinate hour.

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  • a most festinate preparation: we are bound to the like.

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  • Wonderful! I hadn't run across this one before. It reminds me of the words of Caesar, Festina lente!

    September 23, 2008