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


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.


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

But out of the death and mountains of debris came a coalescence of ideas that would ultimately save an unknown number of lives as nascent wind and storm surge scales were hurried to completion. Kimberly Miller,, "Hurricane Camille and the turbulent, violent 1969 storm season still have mysteries," 17 Aug. 2019 Nyree O’Reilly recalls getting a phone call from Donevin but hearing only shrieking tears on the other end, then receiving a text from one of his teammates telling her to hurry to Storrs. Alex Putterman,, "Back from ACL injury, former UConn football walk-on Donevin O’Reilly hopes to give underdog story a happy ending," 13 Aug. 2019 Better hurry up and get out there and get that work done, son. Matt Wake |, al, "Swampers drum legend’s hot beats and cold winter," 7 Aug. 2019 The man hurried to a room at the Red Bird motel, changed clothes and then came back outside, the video shows. Sara Coello, Dallas News, "Police arrest man wanted since May for his girlfriend's slaying at Red Bird motel," 4 Aug. 2019 While no official announcement has been made yet — Dear Netflix, please hurry — a little birdie may have just let the cat out of the bag. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "WATCH: An Actor From The Crown May Have Just Spilled the Beans on Season Three," 26 July 2019 Shocked by the series of troubling messages early Saturday, officials said the friend hurried to the nearest police station to alert authorities. Evan Sernoffsky,, "Prosecutors: Boyfriend bludgeoned woman to death with wine bottle in SF home," 26 June 2019 Diaz and his group tried to hurry to their car and drive away to avoid a violent encounter. Los Angeles Times, "Thousands honor slain 24-year-old LAPD officer who wanted to make a difference in city," 12 Aug. 2019 Ahead, check out all the new products to celebrate the star’s 22nd birthday — but hurry, knowing Kylie, they are bound to sell out fast. Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner's Birthday Collection Is Now Available from Kylie Cosmetics," 10 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ole Miss's defense, which gave up 483 yards per game last year (121st in FBS), is going to have to improve in a hurry under new DC Mike MacIntyre to steal this one, but there could be plenty of offensive fireworks on both sides. The Si Staff,, "College Football Week 1 Picks: Who Has the Edge on Opening Weekend?," 29 Aug. 2019 But Gallo turned Smith’s first pitch into a home run to right that traveled 397 feet and got out in a hurry with an exit velocity of 112 mph. Pat Mcmanamon,, "A’s Liam Hendriks has eventful inning as American League wins All-Star Game," 9 July 2019 The Wave League’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player scored 20 goals to go with 10 assists, leading a Barons attack that could score in a hurry with Tyler Le and Malachi Wright also up front. Andrew Turner,, "Daily Pilot Boys' Soccer Dream Team: Wyatt Burris was a workhorse for Edison," 5 July 2019 Tezino added four hits and two hurries while setting the tone in SDSU’s 19-13 upset win. San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 questions with ... Aztecs LB Kyahva Tezino," 13 Aug. 2019 So my biggest pieces of advice would be to take some time and don’t be in a hurry to do anything. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Michelle Obama Gave Meghan Markle Advice About Joining the Royal Family," 10 Aug. 2019 But before the hurry up, there's a wait: the new service isn't expected to be available before 2023. NBC News, "'Three day wait' for checks to clear could speed up," 6 Aug. 2019 The title doesn’t lie: The action sequences are as fast as ever (even if the movie as a whole, at 137 minutes, is in no particular hurry), and as Hobbs and Shaw, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham deliver more than their share of the requisite fury. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ doesn’t quite hit that ‘Fast & Furious’ sweet spot," 1 Aug. 2019 These new locations give them access to shoppers who want their stuff in a hurry without schlepping out to regular big-box stores or waiting around for home delivery. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Walmart and Nordstrom are building stores that don't sell anything," 27 July 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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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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