Definition of hurry in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌri

verb (hurries, hurrying, hurried)

[no object]


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  • 1Great haste: in my hurry to leave I knocked over a pile of books
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    • Before the gold rush, the only hurry was to condemn.
    • The hustle and hurry of the job persist in a surreal atmosphere of expectation and denial.
    • The usual hurry to get to work, usual rush to beat the peak time traffic, and usual eagerness to be part of the rat race.
    haste, flurry, bustle, confusion, commotion, hubbub, hustle, urgency, agitation, turmoil; rush, race, scramble, scurry; speed, swiftness, rapidity, quickness
    literary fleetness, celerity
    archaic hurry-scurry, pother
  • 1.1 [with negative and in questions] A need for haste; urgency: there’s no hurry to get back
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    • It just seems that there is no hurry and no urgency.
    • But even though the advisers would have loved it to be done in the next 10 minutes, George said, ‘What's the hurry?’
    • So now the party's frantically backpedalling: good heavens, we know we said you need congressional approval, but what's the hurry?


in a hurry

Rushed; in a rushed manner: I’m in rather a hurry
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  • He advised farmers to avoid rushing into planting in a hurry and doing bad work as a result.
  • His enjoyment didn't last as he was in a hurry and hated to rush.
  • He paused and he seemed like he was in a hurry so he rushed out.
Eager to get a thing done quickly: no one seemed in a hurry for the results
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  • Believe me, I am eager to finish it in a hurry, and to do so I have taken a couple of days off from the laboratory (this is also a secret).
  • It is my understanding that the software will remain valid - which is why everyone is in a hurry to buy a copy before February 27th.
  • However, at lunch, those serving food were in a hurry to finish off the job quickly.
[usually with negative] informal Easily; readily: an experience you won’t forget in a hurry
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  • It was a remarkable moment; not one you'll forget in a hurry.
  • That was scary, and not something you forget in a hurry.
  • It's certainly not going to be a year that I forget in a hurry.


late 16th century (as a verb): imitative.

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