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 Sadie is interested in a long-term relationship but, like Adam, does not want to hurry the process. Washington Post, 22 July 2021 Her mother was trying to grab several purses from their apartment to take some of their important papers, but Santiago-Perez urged her to hurry and get out. oregonlive, 9 July 2021 Seven-inning double-headers were fine in 2020 when teams’ aim was to hurry up and play and get off the premises. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 July 2021 Antique shops welcome browsers, and hoteliers hurry down the sleepy streets to pick up fresh croissants in time for breakfast. Rick Steves,, 8 July 2021 Felix—a world-famous, nine-time Olympic medalist—felt pressured to hurry up and return to work. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 6 July 2021 The calls from jail asking his lawyer to hurry up and prove his alibi. New York Times, 30 June 2021 Alta likes to play a hurry-up offense at times and likes for Jackson to throw deep passes. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 May 2021 Miami went to a hurry-up offense after taking possession with 58 seconds left in the second quarter, and Tagovailoa completed four straight passes to drive the Dolphins to a field goal as time ran out in the half. Mark Inabinett |, al, 7 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Don’t be in a hurry to remove the green tops from gladiolus plants. Tom Maccubbin,, 24 July 2021 In three games, collected four tackles (two tackles for loss), two sacks and one quarterback hurry. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 19 July 2021 Springsteen himself was hardly in a hurry to deal with the issue. David Remnic, The New Yorker, 17 July 2021 Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell sought to reassure markets that the central bank sees the rise in prices as uncomfortable but transitory and isn’t in a hurry to adjust its supportive policies. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 16 July 2021 Tourists won’t be in a hurry to return even after barriers are lifted. Ian Bremmer, Time, 16 July 2021 The front, however, isn’t in a huge hurry to move, so clouds will be slow to clear. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 In the hurry to clean sand out of the clams, Shota cuts his hand, and calls for a medic, who’s applying a bandage even as Shota keeps working. oregonlive, 25 June 2021 Monday, temperatures start to rebound in a hurry toward the middle of the week. Star Tribune, 20 June 2021

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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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“Hurry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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