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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Other Words from hurry


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


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

Christina hurried to put an offer on it—but unfortunately, not everything worked out. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Christina Anstead Found the Perfect Home For Her Family—But Then It All Fell Apart," 28 June 2019 Boyle, especially in the early scenes, provides acceleration; at the exact moment when Jack, standing at a bus stop, properly understands what the future holds, the camera hurries toward him like an excited kid. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Yesterday” Wants to Hold Your Hand," 28 June 2019 Joshua hurried them to his father, moving furniture out of the way, herding the family dog to the back porch. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "When a 911 dispatcher walks a wife through a life-and-death moment," 25 June 2019 By delivering one complete pass after another, Tagovailoa allowed Alabama to run hurry-up and keep Georgia's defense on its heels. Rainer Sabin,, "Four takeaways from Alabama title game win: The Tua Effect and intriguing last play," 10 Jan. 2018 Chip hurries away from the doorway and takes cover in an adjacent carport. Fox News, "Dramatic bodycam video documents ambush that killed rookie Sacramento cop," 23 June 2019 Robots with autonomous abilities would greatly hurry that process along. The Economist, "Cleaning up nuclear waste is an obvious task for robots," 20 June 2019 Boom, boom, boom,’ the women hurried out, seeking information. Kevin Leonard,, "'The rebels are coming!'– A Laurel Civil War Story," 17 June 2019 And at checkout, cashiers hurry shoppers away, expecting them to bag their own groceries in a separate location away from the cash register. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Aldi moves into Walmart's backyard," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her nasty section of the draw — which has been called the quarter of death — became friendlier in a hurry. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Serena Williams Reminds the Wimbledon Field That She Is Still a Force," 6 July 2019 As Valdez started to exit, headed to her downtown office, a man in a hurry brushed past and knocked her off-balance. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Blind riders say Metro shutdown is making independent travel nearly impossible," 29 June 2019 And most crucially, advanced AI researchers should not be in a hurry. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Death by algorithm: the age of killer robots is closer than you think," 21 June 2019 Pasadena’s lead was only 4-3 after two innings, but some aggressive baserunning and three strong innings on the hill by Anciso determined the winner of this game in a hurry. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena Bronco All-Stars open Directors Tournament with 16-4 win over Crosby," 15 June 2019 Aurizon is legally obliged to negotiate with Adani, but has shown itself to be in no hurry to reach a deal. John Quiggin, Quartz India, "Why is this Indian billionaire splurging on an Australian mine guaranteed to lose money?," 6 June 2019 Doubilet was hauled out by his safety line in a hurry. David Doubilet, National Geographic, "Life in the North Atlantic depends on this floating seaweed," 12 June 2019 Simpson checked into the O’Hare Plaza Hotel on Monday morning and left in a hurry about two hours later, general manager Peter Phillips said. Washington Post, "AP Was There: Police question OJ Simpson in killings," 10 June 2019 Simpson checked into the O'Hare Plaza Hotel on Monday morning and left in a hurry about two hours later, general manager Peter Phillips said. Fox News, "AP Was There: Police question OJ Simpson in killings," 10 June 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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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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