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verb hur·ry \ˈhər-ē, ˈhə-rē\

Simple Definition of hurry

  • : to move, act, or go quickly

  • : to make (someone) move, act, or go quickly

  • : to carry or send (someone or something) more quickly than usual

Full Definition of hurry


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to carry or cause to go with haste <hurry them to the hospital> b :  to impel to rash or precipitate action

  3. 2 a :  to impel to greater speed :  prod <used spurs to hurry the horse> b :  expedite c :  to perform with undue haste <hurry a minuet>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to move or act with haste <please hurry up>

hur·ri·er noun

Examples of hurry

  1. Take your time. There's no need to hurry.

  2. She hurried off to her class.

  3. We hurried through the lesson so that we could finish early.

  4. The teacher hurried us through the lesson.

  5. They hurried the children off to bed.

  6. The quarterback was forced to hurry his throw.

Origin of hurry

perhaps from Middle English horyen

First Known Use: 1592



noun hur·ry

Simple Definition of hurry

  • : a need to do something more quickly than usual

Full Definition of hurry

  1. 1 :  disturbed or disorderly activity :  commotion

  2. 2 a :  agitated and often bustling or disorderly haste b :  a state of eagerness or urgency :  rush

in a hurry
  1. :  without delay :  as rapidly as possible <the police got there in a hurry>

Examples of hurry

  1. In her hurry to leave she forgot her briefcase.

  2. <after all her hurry to get her report done on time, Elizabeth learned that it wasn't due till the following week>


First Known Use of hurry


Synonym Discussion of hurry

haste, hurry, speed, expedition, dispatch mean quickness in movement or action. haste applies to personal action and implies urgency and precipitancy and often rashness <marry in haste>. hurry often has a strong suggestion of agitated bustle or confusion <in the hurry of departure she forgot her toothbrush>. speed suggests swift efficiency in movement or action <exercises to increase your reading speed>. expedition and dispatch both imply speed and efficiency in handling affairs but expedition stresses ease or efficiency of performance and dispatch stresses promptness in concluding matters <the case came to trial with expedition> <paid bills with dispatch>.

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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