hurry

verb
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

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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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Each bell-ringer has to know exactly when to hurry or delay so that the transpositions occur as planned, a remarkable feat of cooperation and coordination. Eugenia Cheng, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 The brand's full-coverage Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation and creamy, crease-proof Stay Naked Correcting Concealer will both be 40 percent off, so hurry and restock your base stash. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 3 Aug. 2022 Below, shop more Birkenstock shoes on sale — and hurry! Claire Harmeyer, PEOPLE.com, 18 July 2022 Hueytown’s hurry-up offense has scored a team record 698 points (53.7 a game) with nine games of 50-plus points, but Hillcrest held the Gophers to their lowest point total of the season (38) in the first meeting. Al.com Reports, al, 23 Nov. 2021 His solution is playing a fast hurry-up offense and chunk plays to minimize the crowd's energy. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 19 Nov. 2021 The Detroit Lions were in their hurry-up offense, trying to preserve precious time late in the first half of Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Rams, when Jared Goff ran to the line of scrimmage and spiked the ball with 18 seconds on the clock. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 26 Oct. 2021 On the field, the Bears did their best to try and slow down the Explorers’ hurry-up offense. cleveland, 9 Oct. 2021 Dungy believes a hurry-up offense will allow Brady to hear what the Patriots want to do on defense. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Tigers’ receivers are still relatively unproven, with not much in-game experience beyond Jackson, but there’s an intriguing mix of returning talent, transfer portal additions and true freshmen who could carve out major roles in a hurry. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 10 Aug. 2022 In the year since, crypto interests have unleashed a flood of spending to assemble a political influence machine in a hurry. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2022 Testing did show that having less than 28 inches between seats may have a negative effect on the ability to exit a plane in a hurry. CBS News, 4 Aug. 2022 All of which has gotten the country mobilized in a hurry. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2022 With Russell, as well as future Celtics teammate K.C. Jones, the Dons regained it in a hurry. Mike Kupper, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2022 The storms hit an Appalachian mountain region where communities and homes are built on steep hillsides or down in the hollows between them, where the only flat land often shoulders creeks and streams that can rise in a hurry. CBS News, 29 July 2022 The storms hit an Appalachian mountain region where communities and homes are perched on steep hillsides or set deep in the hollows between them, where creeks and streams can rise in a hurry. Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2022 The storms hit an Appalachian mountain region where communities and homes are built on steep hillsides or down in the hollows between them, where the only flat land often shoulders creeks and streams that can rise in a hurry. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 28 July 2022 See More

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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 and Noun

perhaps from Middle English horyen

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14 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for hurry

hurry

verb
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.

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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