to move, act, or progress with speed, impetuosity, or violence.
to dash, especially to dash forward for an attack or onslaught.
to appear, go, pass, etc., rapidly or suddenly: The blood rushed to his face.
Football. to carry the ball on a running play or plays.
to perform, accomplish, or finish with speed, impetuosity, or violence: They rushed the work to make the deadline.
to carry or convey with haste: to rush an injured person to the hospital.
to cause to move, act, or progress quickly; hurry: He rushed his roommate to get to the party on time.
to send, push, force, impel, etc., with unusual speed or haste: to rush a bill through Congress.
to attack suddenly and violently; charge.
to overcome or capture (a person, place, etc.).
Informal. to heap attentions on; court intensively; woo: to rush an attractive newcomer.
to entertain (a prospective fraternity or sorority member) before making bids for membership.
to carry (the ball) forward across the line of scrimmage.
to carry the ball (a distance) forward from the line of scrimmage: The home team rushed 145 yards.
(of a defensive team member) to attempt to force a way quickly into the backfield in pursuit of (the back in possession of the ball).
the act of rushing; a rapid, impetuous, or violent onward movement.
a hostile attack.
an eager rushing of numbers of persons to some region that is being occupied or exploited, especially because of a new mine: the gold rush to California.
a sudden appearance or surge: Seeing the old photo set off a rush of tears.You’ll experience a massive rush of adrenaline as you find yourself in free fall.
hurried activity; busy haste: the rush of city life.
a hurried state, as from pressure of affairs: to be in a rush.
press of work, business, traffic, etc., requiring extraordinary effort or haste.
an attempt to carry or instance of carrying the ball across the line of scrimmage.
an act or instance of rushing the offensive back in possession of the ball.
a scrimmage held as a form of sport between classes or bodies of students in colleges.
rushes, Movies. daily (def. 4).
Also called flash .Slang. the initial, intensely pleasurable or exhilarated feeling experienced upon taking a narcotic or stimulant drug.
adrenaline rush: The sheer ecstatic rush in that moment was the best feeling on earth.
Informal. a series of lavish attentions paid a woman by a suitor: He gave her a big rush.
the rushing by a fraternity or sorority.
requiring or done in haste: a rush order;rush work.
characterized by excessive business, a press of work or traffic, etc.: The cafeteria's rush period was from noon to two in the afternoon.
- rush·ing·ly, adverb
- un·rushed, adjective
Other definitions for rush (2 of 3)
any of various similar plants.
a stem of such a plant, used for making chair bottoms, mats, baskets, etc.
something of little or no value; trifle: not worth a rush.
- rushlike, adjective
Other definitions for Rush (3 of 3)
Benjamin, 1745–1813, U.S. physician and political leader: author of medical treatises.
his son, Richard, 1780–1859, U.S. lawyer, politician, and diplomat.
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How to use rush in a sentence
As you say, Neil, the Washington pass rush can be a problem generally.We Knew A Football Team Would Win In Week 1. But Maybe Not ‘Football Team.’ | Sara Ziegler (email@example.com) | September 14, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Most vaccines take at least five years to go through clinical trials, and there have been questions around whether Covid-19 vaccines are being “rushed through.”Oxford Scientists: These Are Final Steps We’re Taking to Get Our Coronavirus Vaccine Approved | Rebecca Ashfield | September 9, 2020 | Singularity Hub
I found that creating time and space on Friday mornings makes me more present in those discussions, rather than squeezing people in during the rush of the week.17 extremely useful productivity tips from this year’s 40 Under 40 | Maria Aspan | September 6, 2020 | Fortune
She was rushed to Howard University Hospital where she was pronounced dead the next day.D.C. study documents ‘Life and Death’ of trans woman Alice Carter | Lou Chibbaro Jr. | September 2, 2020 | Washington Blade
They’re the same reason why some venture capitalists aren’t rushing to be a part of the cannabis high.ByteDance slams the possibility of a Triller-TikTok tie-up | Lucinda Shen | August 31, 2020 | Fortune
There is the smell here of an indecent rush for scapegoats, even before we know what really caused this crash.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501 | Clive Irving | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
In a show about single women, Sex and The City was always in a rush to get to the altar—and with a man there waiting.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement | Tim Teeman | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He headed west in 1860 for health reasons and to join the gold rush in Colorado.
And it might not only be in Britain that politicians rush to legislate.
No more than three minutes later, a handful of policemen rush in and tell us to get out of the store.
Thus he continued to rush over the frozen sea during a considerable part of that night.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
And as he said those words he made a quick rush toward Mr. Meadow Mouse.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
They are faced by a horrid redoubt held by machine guns, and they are to rush it with the bayonet.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
When he assails a calf, the cow will rush upon him, and one toss from her horns is sufficient to kill him.Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
When they shall rush in unto Jacob, Israel shall blossom and bud, and they shall fill the face of the world with seed.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
British Dictionary definitions for rush (1 of 2)
to hurry or cause to hurry; hasten
to make a sudden attack upon (a fortress, position, person, etc)
(when intr , often foll by at, in or into) to proceed or approach in a reckless manner
rush one's fences to proceed with precipitate haste
(intr) to come, flow, swell, etc, quickly or suddenly: tears rushed to her eyes
slang to cheat, esp by grossly overcharging
(tr) US and Canadian to make a concerted effort to secure the agreement, participation, etc, of (a person)
(intr) American football to gain ground by running forwards with the ball
the act or condition of rushing
a sudden surge towards someone or something: a gold rush
a sudden surge of sensation, esp produced by a drug
a sudden demand
requiring speed or urgency: a rush job
characterized by much movement, business, etc: a rush period
- rusher, noun
British Dictionary definitions for rush (2 of 2)
any annual or perennial plant of the genus Juncus, growing in wet places and typically having grasslike cylindrical leaves and small green or brown flowers: family Juncaceae Many species are used to make baskets
any of various similar or related plants, such as the woodrush, scouring rush, and spike-rush
something valueless; a trifle; straw: not worth a rush
short for rush light
- rushlike, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with rush
see bum's rush; fools rush in where angels fear to tread; mad rush; (rush) off someone's feet.
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