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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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

Photo by Brad Horrigan | (Brad Horrigan/The Hartford Courant) In the final two days of the General Assembly session, which wrapped up at midnight Wednesday, lawmakers hurried to pass a variety of bills. Christopher Keating,, "Capitol Roundup: Police accountability, minority teacher and opioid bills get final approval," 6 June 2019 Desai and her staff hurried to lock the doors to the school, but in a classroom on the second floor, MaKenzie and the other first-graders didn’t stop learning new words or ways to add up numbers. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018 Others shielded nearby children or hurried them to safety. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Heroism at the Synagogue," 29 Apr. 2019 The Seahawks had just one last week on Denver’s Case Keenum and just five quarterback hurries overall. Don’t think the line didn’t hear about it — Carroll spoke about the failings of the line pretty frankly during th week. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks Over/Unders: How many receptions will Tyler Lockett have? What will Michael Dickson’s punting average be? And more!," 17 Sep. 2018 Cox has been playing better than his three-time Pro Bowl résumé in the postseason, but his statistics don’t tell the entire story despite his two tackles for losses, including a sack and four quarterback hurries in the Eagles’ two playoff wins. Marc Narducci,, "Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels looking for grand finale against the Eagles," 31 Jan. 2018 Speed limits signs are often ignored as drivers rush to work, hurry to lunch and hustle home as fast as possible. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Worst Houston-area streets for speeding drivers," 2 May 2018 Passengers disembark and hurry to the on-board shop (alcohol and cigarettes can be sold only in German waters, which account for just 17 minutes of the trip). The Economist, "The Malmo-Palermo expressTwo giant engineering projects will alter the European landscape," 22 Mar. 2018 Earlier this week, Microsoft reminded customers that official support for Windows 7 ends on January 14, 2020, even posting an official reminder page to encourage customers to hurry up and adopt Windows 10. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "For some, the glory days of Microsoft are ending in about a year," 18 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Once a star gets a good look at that side of the league, the future can get clear in a hurry. Mike Finger,, "As Tony Parker retires, he knows his legacy better than ever," 10 June 2019 Despite rough Saturday's for Sato and Dixon, all three remain within reach of Newgarden and all three are fully capable of turning in some terrific results in a hurry. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar in Texas: Josef Newgarden keeps frustrated Alexander Rossi a 'bridesmaid'," 9 June 2019 Xiaonan gets a late takedown but Hill pops back up in a hurry. Todd Martin,, "UFC 238 live updates: Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes," 8 June 2019 Ibarra said several customers were waiting to get back in, as some had left keys or purses in shopping carts the store and left in a hurry., "Man arrested after going into NE Portland Fred Meyer with a gun, police say," 6 June 2019 Even shorthanded, Steph Curry can generate points in a hurry. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Raptors take advantage of shorthanded Warriors for 2-1 series lead," 29 May 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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