American English

Definition of hurry verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hurry
    he / she / it hurries
    past simple hurried
    -ing form hurrying
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  1. 1[intransitive] to do something more quickly than usual because there is not much time synonym rush You'll have to hurry if you want to catch that train. The kids hurried to open their presents. In spoken English hurry can be used with and plus another verb, instead of with to and the infinitive, especially to tell someone to do something quickly:Hurry and open your present—I want to see what it is!
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move quickly in a particular direction synonym rush He picked up his bags and hurried across the courtyard. She hurried away without saying goodbye. She hurried after Gary to apologize to him.
  3. 3[transitive] to make someone do something more quickly synonym rush hurry somebody I don't want to hurry you, but we close in twenty minutes. hurry somebody into doing something She was hurried into making an unwise choice.
  4. 4[transitive] hurry something + adv./prep. to deal with something quickly synonym rush Her application was hurried through.
  5. 5[transitive, usually passive] hurry something to do something too quickly synonym rush A good meal should never be hurried.
  6. Phrasal Verbshurry onhurry up (with something)hurry somebody/somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hurry