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 The longtime Portland photographer, then a 23-year-old concert promoter, had been trying to hurry the legendary musician onto the makeshift stage at Civic Stadium on June 14, 1970. oregonlive, "‘Disaster’ Portland rock festival 50 years ago -- no, not Vortex I -- offered big stars, but drug-bust rumors scared off crowds," 11 June 2020 Even in the 19-0 state championship loss to rival-Gilbert Williams Field, the defense made an impact with four sacks and five quarterback hurries. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Campo Verde defensive coordinator Ryan Freeman promoted to head football coach," 28 Apr. 2020 Error 0: Ridge Point senior defensive lineman Bryson Stewart was a third-team selection after recording 69 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, eight quarterback hurries, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend area standouts earn TXSWA all-state honors," 25 Feb. 2020 Hamilton had a solid week in practice and then shined in the all-star game while posting a sack and two quarterback hurries. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Football: Hamilton to get shot at making impression in NFL Scouting Combine," 20 Feb. 2020 Bosa finished the regular season with 47 tackles then recorded two sacks, six tackles and three quarterback hurries in the 49ers’ divisional-round playoff win over the Vikings last Saturday. Matt Kawahara,, "The 49ers lost Jimmy Garoppolo in 2018, but gained Nick Bosa," 15 Jan. 2020 In his first season of playing football, McGhee had 55 tackles, 5 sacks, 5 tackles for loss and 4 quarterback hurries. Richard Davenport, Arkansas Online, "Georgia defensive lineman commits to Pittman," 29 Dec. 2019 Michigan largely kept him off the stat sheet last week: no sacks, two quarterback hurries. Teddy Greenstein,, "Chase Young is the 2019 Chicago Tribune Silver Football winner — and the 1st Ohio State defensive player to win the award in its 95-year history," 6 Dec. 2019 The personable product of West Bloomfield, Mich., also has four quarterback hurries and 4 ½ tackles for loss. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "'Next Man In' mentality serves Notre Dame well in the face of injuries," 27 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And even if a country is willing to admit us, most Americans are in no hurry to board a plane. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Shunned by other countries, we long for the day to expand our horizons again," 21 June 2020 Bankruptcy lawyers and their corporate clients like flexible deadlines and easy access to a judge when key legal rulings must be made in a hurry. Steven Church,, "Delaware Is Losing Its Luster as the Best Place to Go Broke," 15 June 2020 Soil, sand, and rocks will file down your edge in a hurry, leaving it duller than an old butter knife. Popular Science, "Eight survival knife skills you might need in an emergency," 15 June 2020 That could change in a hurry in the current recruiting cycle, however. oregonlive, "Xavier Worthy, 4-star WR and key Oregon Ducks target, announces upcoming commitment details," 8 June 2020 Meanwhile, Bay Area companies are in no hurry to reopen offices. Carolyn Said,, "Unemployment rate drops to 13.3% in May, in hopeful sign for the economy," 5 June 2020 But, unlike elsewhere, the authorities seem in no hurry to loosen things up again. The Economist, "Streets with no rage Algeria’s protest movement considers how and when to come back," 4 June 2020 Soil, sand, and rocks will file down your edge in a hurry, leaving it duller than an old butter knife. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "8 Different Ways to use a Survival Knife in an Emergency," 29 May 2020 The closure of restaurants across the country has left chefs and farmers with tons of produce and meat to dispose of in a hurry. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Closed Because of the Coronavirus, Restaurants Clear Out Their Pantries," 4 Apr. 2020

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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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26 Jun 2020

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“Hurry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 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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