Hurry definition

hûrē, hŭr-
To hurry is defined as to rush, move quickly or do something faster than is comfortable.

An example of hurry is to run to catch the bus.

An example of hurry is to try to finish your homework quickly, making lots of mistakes.

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(sports) In American football, an incidence of a defensive player forcing the quarterback to act faster than the quarterback was prepared to, resulting in a failed offensive play.
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(intransitive) To do things quickly.

He's hurrying because he's late.

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(intransitive) Often with up, to speed up the rate of doing something.

If you don't hurry you won't finish on time.

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To cause to be done quickly.
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To hasten; to impel to greater speed; to urge on.
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To impel to precipitate or thoughtless action; to urge to confused or irregular activity.
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The definition of hurry is a feeling of urgency.

An example of a hurry is a person's state of mind as they try to get to work on time; in a hurry to go to work.

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To move or act with haste; move faster than is comfortable or natural.
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A hurrying or being hurried; rush; urgency.
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Eagerness to do, act, go, etc. quickly.
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Rushed action.

Why are you in such a big hurry?

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There is no hurry on that paperwork.

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To cause to move or act with undue haste; rush.

Was hurried into marriage.

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To speed the progress or completion of; expedite.

Hurried the delivery of the product.

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Activity or motion that is often unduly hurried; haste.

I forgot my gloves in my hurry to catch the bus.

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The need or wish to hurry; a condition of urgency.

In no hurry to leave.

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To cause to move or act more rapidly or too rapidly; drive, move, send, force, or carry with haste.
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To cause to occur or be done more rapidly or too rapidly; accelerate the preparation or completion of; urge on.
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To urge or cause to act soon or too soon.
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To move or act with speed or haste.
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To cause to move or act with speed or haste.

Hurried the children to school.

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hurry it up
  • to do or carry out with speed or promptness
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hurry up
  • to act with speed or promptness
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in a hurry
  • very rapidly; in a rush
  • eager to do, act, etc.
    in a hurry to graduate and find a job.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hurry
Plural:
hurries

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of hurry

  • Possibly Middle English horien perhaps variant of harien to harass harry

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English horyed (“rushed, impelled”), frequentative of hurren (“to vibrate rapidly, buzz”), from Proto-Germanic *hurzaną (“to rush”) (compare Middle High German hurren (“to hasten”), Norwegian hurre (“to whirl around”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱers-, *ḱors- (“to run, hurry”) (compare Welsh carrog (“torrent”), Latin currō (“I run”), Tocharian A/B kursär/kwärsar (“league; course”), Lithuanian karsiù (“to go quickly”)). Related to horse, rush.

    From Wiktionary