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



    BrE BrE//rʌʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rʌʃ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rush
    BrE BrE//rʌʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rʌʃ//
    he / she / it rushes
    BrE BrE//ˈrʌʃɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌʃɪz//
    past simple rushed
    BrE BrE//rʌʃt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rʌʃt//
    past participle rushed
    BrE BrE//rʌʃt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rʌʃt//
    -ing form rushing
    BrE BrE//ˈrʌʃɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌʃɪŋ//
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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 somebody/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 somebody 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 somebody/something suddenly A group of prisoners rushed an officer and managed to break out. Fans rushed the stage after the concert.
  8. in American football
  9. 5[transitive] rush somebody (North American English) to run into somebody who has the ball
  10. 6[intransitive] (North American English) to move forward and gain ground by carrying the ball and not passing it
  11. in American colleges
  12. 7[transitive] rush somebody (North American English) to give a lot of attention to somebody, especially to a student because you want them to join your fraternity or sorority He is being rushed by Sigma Nu.
  13. Word Originverb late Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French ruser ‘drive back’, an early sense of the word in English, perhaps based on Latin rursus ‘backwards’.Extra examples A surge of joy rushed through her body. He was rushed to hospital. She was rushing around madly looking for her bag. Two men came rushing into the room. Whenever her little brother was upset, Jane rushed to the rescue. a train rushing headlong down the track Ambulances rushed the injured to hospital. Don’t rush me. I need time to think about it. Don’t rush off, I haven’t finished. He was rushed home immediately. I’m not going to be rushed into anything. I’ve been rushing around all day, trying to get everything done. She could hear the sound of rushing water. We don’t want to rush into having a baby. We’ve got plenty of time; there’s no need to rush.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 at weekends the staff are rushed off their feet.
    fools rush in (where angels fear to tread)
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    (saying) people with little experience try to do the difficult or dangerous things which more experienced people would not consider doing
    Phrasal Verbsrush somethingoutrush somethingthrough
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rush