Definition of rush verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary




move fast

1 [intransitive, transitive] to move or to do something with great speed, often too fastWe've got plenty of time; there's no need to rush.the sound of rushing water + adverb/prepositionDon'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 somethingWe had to rush our meal.

take/send quickly

2 [transitive] rush someone/something + adverb/prepositionrush someone something to transport or send someone or something somewhere with great speedAmbulances rushed the injured to the hospital.Relief supplies were rushed in.

do something too quickly

3 [intransitive, transitive] to do something or to make someone do something without thinking about it carefully rush into something/into doing somethingWe don't want to rush into having a baby. rush someoneDon't rush me. I need time to think about it. rush someone into something/into doing somethingI'm not going to be rushed into anything.


4 [transitive] rush someone/something to try to attack or capture someone or something suddenlyA group of prisoners rushed an officer and managed to break out.Fans rushed the stage after the concert.

in football

5 [transitive] rush someone to run into someone who has the ball6 [intransitive] to move forward and gain ground by carrying the ball and not passing it

in colleges

7 [transitive, intransitive] rush (something) to go through the process of joining a fraternity or sororityHe's deciding whether to rush a fraternity.She plans to rush in January.8 [transitive] rush someone to give a lot of attention to a student because you want them to join your fraternity or sororityHe is being rushed by Sigma Nu.

fools rush in (where angels fear to tread)

(saying) people with little experience try to do the difficult or dangerous things that more experienced people would not consider doingfools rush infools rush in where angels fear to tread

be rushed/run off your feet

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 rushed off your feetbe run off your feet

rush somethingout

to produce something very quicklyThe editors rushed out an item on the crash for the late news.Thousands of copies of the CD have been rushed out in time for Christmas.rush out

rush somethingthrough


rush something through something

to deal with official business very quickly by making the usual process shorter than usualto rush a bill through CongressThe product was rushed through without adequate safety testing.rush through