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verb hur·ry \ˈhər-ē, ˈhə-rē\

Definition of hurry

hurried

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hurrying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to carry or cause to go with haste hurry them to the hospitalb :  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

  3. 2a :  to impel to greater speed :  prod used spurs to hurry the horseb :  expedite asked them to hurry dinnerc :  to perform with undue haste hurry a minuet

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to move or act with haste please hurry up

hurrier

noun

Examples of hurry in a sentence

  1. Take your time. There's no need to hurry.

  2. She hurried off to her class.

  3. We hurried through the lesson so that we could finish early.

  4. The teacher hurried us through the lesson.

  5. They hurried the children off to bed.

  6. The quarterback was forced to hurry his throw.

Origin and Etymology of hurry

perhaps from Middle English horyen


First Known Use: 1592


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hurry

noun hur·ry

Definition of hurry

  1. 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

  2. 2a :  agitated and often bustling or disorderly hasteb :  a state of eagerness or urgency :  rush was in a hurry to get home

in a hurry

  1. :  without delay :  as rapidly as possible the police got there in a hurry

Examples of hurry in a sentence

  1. In her hurry to leave she forgot her briefcase.

  2. after all her hurry to get her report done on time, Elizabeth learned that it wasn't due till the following week

Origin and Etymology of hurry

see 1hurry


First Known Use: 1600

Synonym Discussion of hurry

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


HURRY Defined for English Language Learners

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verb hur·ry \ˈhər-ē, ˈhə-rē\

Definition of hurry for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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hurry

noun hur·ry

Definition of hurry for English Language Learners

  • : a need to do something more quickly than usual


HURRY Defined for Kids

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verb hur·ry \ˈhər-ē\

Definition of hurry for Students

hurried

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hurrying

  1. 1 :  to carry or cause to go with haste She is not someone who can be hurried.

  2. 2 :  to move or act with haste She hurried off to school.

  3. 3 :  to speed up Mechanics hurried the repair job.


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noun hur·ry

Definition of hurry for Students

  1. :  a need to act or move more quickly than usual :  rush



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