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hurry

[ hur-ee, huhr-ee ]
/ ˈhɜr i, ˈhʌr i /
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verb (used without object), hur·ried, hur·ry·ing.

to move, proceed, or act with haste (often followed by up): Hurry, or we'll be late. Hurry up, it's starting to rain.

verb (used with object), hur·ried, hur·ry·ing.

to drive, carry, or cause to move or perform with speed.
to hasten; urge forward (often followed by up).
to impel or perform with undue haste: to hurry someone into a decision.

noun, plural hur·ries.

a state of urgency or eagerness: to be in a hurry to meet a train.
hurried movement or action; haste.

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Origin of hurry

First recorded in 1580–90; expressive word of uncertain origin, compare Middle English horyed (attested once) “rushed, impelled,” Middle High German hurren “to move quickly”

synonym study for hurry

1. See rush1.

OTHER WORDS FROM hurry

hur·ry·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·hur·ry, verb, o·ver·hur·ried, o·ver·hur·ry·ing.un·hur·ry·ing, adjectiveun·hur·ry·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for hurry

hurry
/ (ˈhʌrɪ) /

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

(intr often foll by up) to hasten (to do something); rush
(tr often foll by along) to speed up the completion, progress, etc, of

noun

haste
urgency or eagerness
in a hurry informal
  1. easilyyou won't beat him in a hurry
  2. willinglywe won't go there again in a hurry

Derived forms of hurry

hurrying, noun, adjectivehurryingly, adverb

Word Origin for hurry

C16 horyen, probably of imitative origin; compare Middle High German hurren; see scurry
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