verb hur·ry \ˈhər-ē, ˈhə-rē\

: 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

transitive verb
a :  to carry or cause to go with haste <hurry them to the hospital>
b :  to impel to rash or precipitate action
a :  to impel to greater speed :  prod <used spurs to hurry the horse>
b :  expedite
c :  to perform with undue haste <hurry a minuet>
intransitive verb
:  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



: a need to do something more quickly than usual

Full Definition of HURRY

:  disturbed or disorderly activity :  commotion
a :  agitated and often bustling or disorderly haste
b :  a state of eagerness or urgency :  rush
in a hurry
:  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



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