hurry

verb
hur·​ry | \ˈhər-ē, 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

hurry

noun

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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Other Words from hurry

Verb

hurrier noun

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Noun

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

At L’ovue, a big, airy space just a block away, Kim hurries over to a row of waterproof mascaras and selects her favorite by the Japanese label Kiss Me. Kate Branch, Vogue, "This Fantastic Beasts 2 Star Has a Serious Knack for K-Beauty," 17 Nov. 2018 Ricosetta Mafella, the 44-year-old pilot of Batik Airlines flight 6231, told his first officer who had stopped to take photos of the scenic Palu beachfront to hurry back on the aircraft. Stanley Widianto, The Seattle Times, "Toll climbs in Indonesia as desperate relatives try to reach disaster area," 1 Oct. 2018 The participants were hurried out of their seats while the curtain was up and ushered through a secret passage of hallways and an outdoor area that led them back into the theater. NBC News, "David Copperfield to testify about magic trick that left participant with thousands in medical bills," 17 Apr. 2018 Trattner’s approach, however unorthodox, might appeal to some who feel hurried by traditional medicine. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Meet the Woman Who Uses Alternative Medicine and Gemstone Facials to Treat Patients," 19 Oct. 2018 Now if only Netflix would hurry up with a sequel — and maybe release LJ's Pinterest boards? Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, ""To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before" Bedroom Decor Inspiration," 24 Aug. 2018 But the traffic was orderly, almost calm, in the morning as commuters hurried to catch shuttle buses into the city. David Porter, Fox News, "NYC commuters are spared a nightmare as road project starts," 21 Aug. 2018 Lawmakers passed it on one of the last days of the legislative session, hurrying it through. NBC News, "Teacher beats Kentucky House majority leader in GOP primary," 23 May 2018 Lawmakers passed it on one of the last days of the legislative session, hurrying it through. Fox News, "Teacher upsets Kentucky House GOP leader in primary after protests," 22 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My husband, in his hurry to get the kitchen clean, dumped it without looking and threw it in the dishwasher. Kristen Hellmer, USA TODAY, "3 parenting fails I hope to laugh about later," 6 July 2018 Seconds later, the state troopers who were standing behind her hurry off to investigate. Ben Nadler, The Seattle Times, "Man protesting VA burns self in front of Georgia Capitol," 26 June 2018 Seconds later, the state troopers who were standing behind her hurry off to investigate. Washington Post, "Man protesting VA burns self in front of Georgia Capitol," 26 June 2018 The bakery hums back to life, and Kurokawa and her crew hurry through the long lists of tasks—prepping focaccia dough, cutting out butter cookies, readying themselves for the usual 3 p.m. onslaught, cleaning up for the weekend ahead. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appetit, "The Mysterious World of Burrow, a Japanese Bakery Hiding In an Office Lobby," 13 June 2018 Opt for the Dreamfoam 2-inch gel swirl memory foam topper ($54.99 to $107.18) to add non-bulky comfort in a hurry. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 That’s a lot of meals, beverages, diapers and goodwill to round up in a hurry. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "‘Come From Away’ at 5th Avenue Theatre is openhearted and exhilarating," 16 Oct. 2018 Lake Erie is a graveyard for hundreds of vessels taken down by violent storms that can whip up in a hurry. Fox News, "Mysterious shipwreck reveals its secrets: Wreck may be Lake Erie’s oldest," 15 Oct. 2018 The season ended with two tackles with a quarterback hurry in the win over LSU. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "Why Alabama LB has not been at last 2 practices," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hurry

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hurry

Verb

perhaps from Middle English horyen

Noun

see hurry entry 1

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The first known use of hurry was in 1592

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More Definitions for hurry

hurry

verb

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

hurry

noun

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

: a need to do something more quickly than usual

hurry

verb
hur·​ry | \ˈhər-ē \
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.

hurry

noun

Kids Definition of hurry (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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