hur·​ry | \ ˈhər-ē How to pronounce hurry (audio) , ˈhə-rē \
hurried; hurrying

Definition of hurry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to carry or cause to go with haste hurry them to the hospital
b : to impel to rash or precipitate action that hard-to-be-governed passion of youth hurried me frequently into intrigues with low women— Benjamin Franklin
2a : to impel to greater speed : prod used spurs to hurry the horse
b : expedite asked them to hurry dinner
c : to perform with undue haste hurry a minuet

intransitive verb

: to move or act with haste please hurry up



Definition of hurry (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : disturbed or disorderly activity : commotion the incessant hurry and trivial activity of daily life … seem to prevent, or at least discourage, quiet and intense thinking— C. W. Eliot
2a : agitated and often bustling or disorderly haste
b : a state of eagerness or urgency : rush was in a hurry to get home
in a hurry
: without delay : as rapidly as possible the police got there in a hurry

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hurrier noun

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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

Examples of hurry in a Sentence

Verb Take your time. There's no need to hurry. She hurried off to her class. We hurried through the lesson so that we could finish early. The teacher hurried us through the lesson. They hurried the children off to bed. The quarterback was forced to hurry his throw. Noun In her hurry to leave she forgot her briefcase. after all her hurry to get her report done on time, Elizabeth learned that it wasn't due till the following week
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When Norton Simon took over the PAM space for his private museum, Hopps informed Corcoran to hurry over before all the old PAM catalogs were trashed. Michael Slenske, WSJ, "Dagny Corcoran, Fixture of the L.A. Art Scene, Expands to Paris," 26 Apr. 2021 These bags typically sell out in a matter of hours, so hurry. Lululemon: Lululemon always has discounted items—they’re just a little hard to find. Caitlin Chen, Forbes, "The Best Sales Online Right Now, From Deals On Smart TVs To Major Discounts At Saks," 16 Apr. 2021 My story also discussed Gov. Gavin Newsom telling state officials to hurry up their study of the feasibility of closing Aliso Canyon, a much larger gas field that sprung a record-breaking leak in 2015. Los Angeles Times, "My friend was killed riding a bike. He wanted cities built for people, not cars," 15 Apr. 2021 For mothers wanting their children to hurry home at dark, the legend of the witch-like Huggin’ Molly was a helper. Kelly Kazek |, al, "11 quirky and themed Alabama restaurants you shouldn’t miss," 8 Apr. 2021 Newsom did tell the Public Utilities Commission to hurry its study of the feasibility of shutting down Aliso Canyon. Los Angeles Times, "The next Aliso Canyon could happen on L.A.’s Westside," 7 Apr. 2021 When Pond arrived at WDBO, Martin was waiting outside and told her to hurry into the studio for interviews with United Press International, the Associated Press, CBS Radio and more. Kathleen Christiansen,, "They were once banned from University Club; now notable woman, 2 Black men being welcomed as members," 2 Apr. 2021 Tell him to finish and hurry up and work something out. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "The story of a good call: 49ers' Trent Williams was convinced he was going to Kansas City," 23 Mar. 2021 For the first time in nearly two months, residents of the state’s capital, Melbourne, did not have to hurry home on Monday night to make curfew. Washington Post, "New Zealand says travel bubble with parts of Australia could be within reach," 4 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some of the crews who came to San Francisco in search of gold left their ships behind in a hurry on the way to the fields. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Happy birthday, S.F.! On 4/15, Here are some facts you might not know about the city," 15 Apr. 2021 Nerves can become frayed when everyone is in a hurry to do something. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 14, 2021: Happy birthday Adrien Brody; Capricorn, don’t overreact," 14 Apr. 2021 And while Bentley has taken the majority of the first-team reps this spring, Applewhite isn’t in a hurry to name him the starter. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Major Applewhite not rushing things with South Alabama’s offense, quarterback battle," 14 Apr. 2021 As far as the top spot is concerned, McCullough isn’t in a hurry to put someone atop the depth chart. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "Deland McCullough takes command of IU’S running back room again," 9 Apr. 2021 Devo Davis picks up two fouls in a hurry on the same Baylor possession. Scottie Bordelon, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas loses to Baylor in Elite Eight," 30 Mar. 2021 But on the first try, fans weren’t in a hurry to pack the stands. New York Times, "Texas Removes Restrictions, but Fans Show Some Caution," 29 Mar. 2021 But 275 outings came as a starter, which is quite different from needing to heat up in a hurry in the bullpen as a reliever. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One day after being released in 'a business move,' a veteran right-hander has returned to the Brewers," 27 Mar. 2021 Voters in Brazzaville, the sleepy capital of the smaller of the two Congos, had not seemed in a hurry to cast their ballots in the presidential election. The Economist, "The emperor marches on Congo-Brazzaville’s president is re-elected after his rival dies of covid-19," 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of hurry


1592, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hurry

Verb and Noun

perhaps from Middle English horyen

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10 May 2021

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“Hurry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hurry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of hurry (Entry 2 of 2)

: a need to do something more quickly than usual


hur·​ry | \ ˈhər-ē How to pronounce hurry (audio) \
hurried; hurrying

Kids Definition of hurry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to carry or cause to go with haste She is not someone who can be hurried.
2 : to move or act with haste She hurried off to school.
3 : to speed up Mechanics hurried the repair job.



Kids Definition of hurry (Entry 2 of 2)

: a need to act or move more quickly than usual : rush

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