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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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 With travel bans looming in Japan, Kelly hurried to catch a flight back to Arizona. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "For former MLB pitcher Casey Kelly, the baseball season begins again, abroad, amid COVID-19," 4 May 2020 Fesser hurried to his house and watched as authorities wheeled him out in a body bag. oregonlive, "Target of bogus West Linn police investigation says his past doesn’t define him," 3 Mar. 2020 Critics will say that the N.B.A. is irresponsible in hurrying to come back before there is a significant medical development to combat the coronavirus. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Can the N.B.A. Come Back, and Stay Back?," 13 May 2020 Even with the pressure of slumping sales and few remote working options, Marcario told The New York Times Patagonia is not hurrying to reopen physical stores like retail peers Macy’s and Gap Inc. Fortune, "Patagonia and Nasdaq CEOs on how to ‘reopen’," 13 May 2020 Notre Dame hurried down the field and tied the game with a 45-yard field goal by D.J. Fitzpatrick with 1:11 remaining. Tyler James, Indianapolis Star, "Recounting Notre Dame football's wildest games of the last 30 years," 2 May 2020 But hurry and add it to your shopping cart ASAP—the viral Neogen Pore Mousse sold out once before, and it's bound to again. Susan Brickell,, "This Pore Mousse That Literally Sucks Dirt Out of Your Skin Sold Out in 4 Hours—and Now It's Back," 1 May 2020 But bioethicists Jonathan Kimmelman of McGill University and Alex John London of Carnegie Mellon University argue in an April 23 Science article that hurried trials and tests can do more harm than good. Anna Kuchment, Scientific American, "Shortcuts in COVID-19 Drug Research Could Do Long-Term Harm, Bioethicists Worry," 24 Apr. 2020 One only needs to witness Facebook and Google’s Internet success today, given how both companies dominate digital business, to understand the eagerness with which companies hurry to populate this next frontier. Washington Post, "Silicon Valley is racing to build the next version of the Internet. Fortnite might get there first.," 17 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Blisters from a shoe rubbing against your foot will end your walking initiative in a hurry. Popular Science, "Walking correctly takes work—here’s how to improve every step," 22 May 2020 Back and forth What’s harder to figure out is why six more people were in such a hurry to head back northeast, in the opposite direction from the main group. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Footprints capture a lakeside stroll by a group of ancient hunter-gatherers," 18 May 2020 Imprudent pressure from your right foot in a hard corner will kick the tail out in a hurry. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Comparison Test: 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo Takes On the Best Sports Cars of the Early 1990s," 12 May 2020 Keep it in a small zipper pouch that’s easy to grab if you are being taken out in an ambulance or have to leave in a hurry. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Keep a phone charger and long cable on hand for emergencies," 7 May 2020 David Tapia certainly isn’t in a hurry to get back out there. Paul Stephen,, "San Antonio restaurants get the OK to reopen after coronavirus closures, but will they? And how many customers will show up?," 27 Apr. 2020 This guy will help bring the Raiders’ edge back in a hurry. Arizona Republic, "Isaiah Simmons to Arizona Cardinals: NFL insider stays with Clemson LB in final mock draft," 22 Apr. 2020 The company, though, has been in less of a hurry to remake the killer whale shows across all of its namesake parks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SeaWorld is finally making a comeback but will PETA’s dolphin campaign stall the rebound?," 22 June 2019 Whitley himself was, by contrast, in a bit of a hurry. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Thirty Years After Tragic Death, Keith Whitley's Voice Rings True at New Hall of Fame Exhibit: Photos," 7 May 2019

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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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The first known use of hurry was in 1592

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31 May 2020

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“Hurry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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