Definition of hurry verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    hurry

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌri//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːri//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hurry
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌri//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːri//
     
    he / she / it hurries
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌriz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːriz//
     
    past simple hurried
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌrid//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrid//
     
    past participle hurried
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌrid//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrid//
     
    -ing form hurrying
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌriɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːriɪŋ//
     
     
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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 somebody 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 somebody 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. Word Origin late 16th cent. (as a verb): imitative.Extra examples Ben hurried after her. He hurried quickly to the reception desk. Hurry up or we’ll be late! She came hurrying over to greet them. She hurried along the corridor. She hurried home to tell him the news. Hurry and open your present—I want to see what it is. Hurry up with the scissors, I need them. Hurry up! We’re going to be late. I don’t want to hurry you but we close in twenty minutes. Phrasal Verbshurry onhurry up (with something)hurry up somebody
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