Synonyms & Antonyms of hurry

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1 excited and often showy or disorderly speed
  • 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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3 a state of noisy, confused activity
  • in all the hurry of the modern world, people tend to forget what's really important

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Synonyms & Antonyms of hurry (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to cause to move or proceed fast or faster
  • the new nurses were hurried through the orientation program because they were so desperately needed on the ward

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How does the noun hurry contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of hurry are dispatch, expedition, haste, and speed. While all these words mean "quickness in movement or action," hurry often has a strong suggestion of agitated bustle or confusion.

in the hurry of departure she forgot her toothbrush

How do expedition and dispatch relate to one another, in the sense of hurry?

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

When can haste be used instead of hurry?

The words haste and hurry can be used in similar contexts, but haste applies to personal action and implies urgency and precipitancy and often rashness.

marry in haste

Where would speed be a reasonable alternative to hurry?

Although the words speed and hurry have much in common, speed suggests swift efficiency in movement or action.

exercises to increase your reading speed

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The first known use of hurry was in 1592

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“Hurry.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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