An example of to rush is for someone to run after another person who just left in order to catch up with them.
- to move or go swiftly or impetuously; dash
- to dash recklessly or rashly
- to make a swift, sudden attack or assault (on or upon); charge
- to pass, come, go, come into view, act, etc. swiftly, suddenly, or hastily: a thought rushing into the mind
- ⌂ Football to run with the ball after a direct snap from the center or after a handoff or pitchout
Origin of rushMiddle English ruschen ; from Anglo-French russher ; from Middle French ruser, to repel, avert, origin, originally , to mislead ; from Old French reuser: see ruse
- to move, send, push, drive, etc. swiftly, violently, or hastily: we rushed him to the hospital
- to do, make, or cause to move, go, or act, with unusual or excessive speed or haste; hurry: to rush an order, a person at work, etc.
- to make a swift, sudden attack or assault on; charge
- to overcome or capture by such an attack or assault
- ⌂ Informal
- to lavish attentions on, as in courting
- to entertain with parties or the like prior to inviting to join a fraternity or sorority
- ⌂ Football
- to run with (the ball) after a direct snap from the center or after a handoff or pitchout
- the act or an instance of rushing; specif., an eager movement of many people, as to do something or to get to a place: a rush to buy concert tickets, the California gold rush
- intense activity; busyness; haste; hurry: the rush of modern life
- a sudden, swift attack or assault; onslaught
- ⌂ the period during which fraternity or sorority recruitment takes place
- a press, as of business or traffic, necessitating unusual haste or effort: the morning rush
- the first, sudden euphoric effect of taking a narcotic, amphetamine, etc.
- a sudden thrill of pleasure
- ⌂ Football a play in which an offensive back rushes with the ball
- Film a first print made shortly after the filming of a scene or scenes, for inspection as by the director
- necessitating haste: rush orders
- characterized by a rush (): rush hours
with a rush
- any of a genus (Juncus) of plants of the rush family, having small, greenish flowers: rushes usually grow in wet places and the round stems and pliant leaves of some species are used in making baskets, mats, ropes, etc.
- any of various similar plants, as the bulrushes or horsetails
Origin of rushMiddle English rusche ; from Old English risc, akin to Middle Dutch risch, Norwegian rusk ; from Indo-European base an unverified form rezg-, to plait, twist from source Sanskrit rájju, Classical Latin restis, cord
verbrushed, rush·ing, rush·es
- To move swiftly; hurry: rushed after the bus.
- To act with great haste: rushed to finish the project.
- To make a sudden or swift attack or charge: The cavalry rushed down upon the encampment.
- To flow or surge rapidly, often with noise: Water rushed over the cliff.
- Football To advance the ball or attempt to advance the ball from scrimmage by carrying it rather than passing.
- To cause to move rapidly: had to rush fresh troops to the front lines.
- To cause to act with haste: made a mistake because we were rushed.
- To perform with great haste: had to rush the project to complete it on time.
- To attack swiftly and suddenly: Infantry rushed the enemy after the artillery barrage.
- To transport or carry hastily: An ambulance rushed her to the hospital.
- To entertain or pay great attention to: They rushed him for their fraternity.
- Football To run toward (a passer or kicker) in order to block or disrupt a play.
- A sudden movement toward something: a rush to leave the room.
- a. An anxious and eager movement to get to or from a place: a rush to the goldfields.b. A sudden widespread demand: a rush for gold coins.
- General haste or busyness: The office always operates in a rush.
- A sudden attack; an onslaught.
- A rapid, often noisy flow or passage: listened to the rush of the wind.
- A large or overwhelming number or amount: a rush of last-minute holiday orders.
- Football a. An attempt to advance the ball from scrimmage by carrying it.b. An act of running at a passer or kicker in order to block or prevent a play.
- Sports A rapid advance of the puck toward the opponent's goal in ice hockey.
- rushes The first, unedited print of a movie scene.
- A drive by a Greek society on a college campus to recruit new members: a sorority rush.
- a. A surge or release of emotion: felt a rush of fear. See Synonyms at flow.b. A sudden, brief exhilaration: felt a heady rush when her name was called out as the winner.c. The intensely pleasurable sensation experienced immediately after use of a stimulant or a mind-altering drug.
Origin of rushMiddle English rushen, from Anglo-Norman russher, variant of Old French ruser, to drive back, from Latin rec&umacron;sare, to reject : re-, re- + causar&imacron;, to give as a reason (from causa, cause).
- a. Any of various grasslike wetland plants of the genus Juncus, having stiff hollow or pithy stems and small usually clustered brownish flowers.b. Any of various similar plants, such as a bulrush.
- The stem of one of these plants, used in making baskets, mats, and chair seats.
Origin of rushMiddle English, from Old English rysc.