American English

Definition of rush verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rush
    he / she / it rushes
    past simple rushed
    -ing form rushing
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    move fast
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to move or to do something with great speed, often too fast We've got plenty of time; there's no need to rush. the sound of rushing water + adv./prep. Don't rush off, I haven't finished. I've been rushing around all day trying to get everything done. The children rushed out of school. My college years seemed to rush past. People rushed to buy shares in the company. rush something We had to rush our meal.
  2. take/send quickly
  3. 2[transitive] rush somebody/something + adv./prep. rush somebody something to transport or send someone or something somewhere with great speed Ambulances rushed the injured to the hospital. Relief supplies were rushed in.
  4. do something too quickly
  5. 3[intransitive, transitive] to do something or to make someone do something without thinking about it carefully rush into something/into doing something We don't want to rush into having a baby. rush somebody Don't rush me. I need time to think about it. rush somebody into something/into doing something I'm not going to be rushed into anything.
  6. attack
  7. 4[transitive] rush somebody/something to try to attack or capture someone or something suddenly A group of prisoners rushed an officer and managed to break out. Fans rushed the stage after the concert.
  8. in football
  9. 5[transitive] rush somebody to run into someone who has the ball
  10. 6[intransitive] to move forward and gain ground by carrying the ball and not passing it
  11. in colleges
  12. 7[transitive, intransitive] rush (something) to go through the process of joining a fraternity or sorority He's deciding whether to rush a fraternity. She plans to rush in January.
  13. 8[transitive] rush somebody to give a lot of attention to a student because you want them to join your fraternity or sorority He is being rushed by Sigma Nu.
  14. Idioms
    be rushed/run off your feet
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    to be extremely busy; to have too many things to do Weekdays are slow in the restaurant, but on weekends the staff are rushed off their feet.
    fools rush in (where angels fear to tread) (saying)
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    people with little experience try to do the difficult or dangerous things that more experienced people would not consider doing
    Phrasal Verbsrush somethingoutrush somethingthrough
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: rush