noun (1)
\ ˈrəsh How to pronounce rush (audio) \

Definition of rush

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: any of various monocotyledonous often tufted marsh plants (as of the genera Juncus and Luzula of the family Juncaceae, the rush family) with cylindrical often hollow stems which are used in bottoming chairs and plaiting mats


rushed; rushing; rushes

Definition of rush (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to move forward, progress, or act with haste or eagerness or without preparation
2 : to advance a football by running plays rushed for a total of 150 yards

transitive verb

1 : to push or impel on or forward with speed, impetuosity, or violence
2 : to perform in a short time or at high speed
3 : to urge to an unnatural or extreme speed don't rush me
4 : to run toward or against in attack : charge
5a : to carry (a ball) forward in a running play
b : to move in quickly on (a kicker or passer) to hinder, prevent, or block a kick or pass used especially of defensive linemen
6a : to lavish attention on : court
b : to try to secure a pledge of membership (as in a fraternity) from


noun (2)

Definition of rush (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : a violent forward motion
b : attack, onset
c : a surging of emotion
2a : a burst of activity, productivity, or speed
b : a sudden insistent demand
3 : a thronging of people usually to a new place in search of wealth a gold rush
4a : the act of carrying a football during a game : running play
b : the action or an instance of rushing a passer or kicker in football a pass rush
5a : a round of attention usually involving extensive social activity
b : a drive by a fraternity or sorority to recruit new members
6 : a print of a motion-picture scene processed directly after the shooting for review by the director or producer : daily sense 3 usually used in plural
7a : the immediate pleasurable feeling produced by a drug (such as heroin or cocaine)

called also flash

… stimulants found in the bath salts provide a rush similar to cocaine or methamphetamine.— Larry Oakes
b : a surge in energy following the intake of sugar or caffeine The sugar rush has many causes, but one of the most important was the invention of high-fructose corn syrup in 1957.— Tiffany O'Callaghan Drink one fast and you might experience brain freeze and a caffeine rush at the same time.— Margaret McCormick
c : a sudden feeling of intense pleasure or excitement : thrill … boys and girls around the country still get a rush out of zipping downhill in hand-made cars at speeds up to 30 mph.— Rene Romo



Definition of rush (Entry 4 of 4)

: requiring or marked by special speed or urgency rush orders the rush season a rush job

Other Words from rush

Noun (1)

rushy \ ˈrə-​shē How to pronounce rush (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for rush

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of rush in a Sentence

Verb Firefighters rushed to the accident scene. The children rushed down the stairs. I rushed home from work to get ready for the party. She rushed to close the window when she heard the rain. We were rushing to catch the bus. He got nervous because they rushed him. He rushed through his work and made a lot of careless mistakes. Water rushed through the pipes. The rushing water broke through the barrier. See More

First Known Use of rush

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rush

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English rysc; akin to Middle High German rusch rush, Lithuanian regzti to knit


Middle English russhen, from Anglo-French reuser, ruser, russher to drive back, repulse, from Latin recusare to oppose — more at recusant

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“Rush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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\ ˈrəsh How to pronounce rush (audio) \
rushed; rushing

Kids Definition of rush

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : to move forward or act very quickly or in a way that shows eagerness or the need to hurry Police rushed to the scene.
2 : to perform in a short time or at high speed Don't rush your decision.
3 : to make (someone) act quickly Stop rushing me!
4 : to bring (someone) to a place quickly He was rushed to the hospital.



Kids Definition of rush (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a quick strong forward motion A rush of air came from the vent.
2 : a burst of activity or speed She left in a rush.
3 : an eager migration of people usually to a new place in search of wealth the gold rush



Kids Definition of rush (Entry 3 of 4)

: a grasslike marsh plant with hollow stems used in chair seats and mats



Kids Definition of rush (Entry 4 of 4)

: demanding special speed a rush order


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Medical Definition of rush

1 : a rapid and extensive wave of peristalsis along the walls of the intestine peristaltic rush
2 : the immediate pleasurable feeling produced by a drug (as heroin or amphetamine)

called also flash

Rush biographical name

\ ˈrəsh How to pronounce Rush (audio) \

Definition of Rush

Benjamin 1745–1813 American physician and patriot

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