To hurry is to rush, or to move quickly. If you're late for a movie and you don't want to miss the beginning, you'll have to hurry into the theater, not stopping to buy popcorn.

When you're out for a walk and the sun begins to set, you might hurry home before it gets dark — in other words, move rapidly, or in haste. You can also hurry someone else, encouraging them to speed up. Your math teacher may criticize your sloppy work by commenting, "Looks like you were in a hurry." Hurry is one of many words that were invented by William Shakespeare, who used it frequently.

Definitions of hurry
  1. verb
    move very fast
    synonyms: speed, travel rapidly, zip
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    dart, fleet, flit, flutter
    move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
    move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time
    whizz, whizz along, zoom, zoom along
    move along very quickly
    flutter like a butterfly
    clip, jog, trot
    run at a moderately swift pace
    scamper, scurry, scuttle, skitter
    move about or proceed hurriedly
    run easily and fairly fast
    run bases
    run around the bases, in baseball
    run naked in a public place
    run with the ball; in such sports as football
    run faster than
    run for exercise
    run very fast, usually for a short distance
    run easily
    run with the ball, in football
    run quickly, like a hare
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  2. verb
    act or move at high speed
    hurry--it's late!”
    synonyms: festinate, hasten, look sharp, rush
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    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  3. verb
    urge to an unnatural speed
    synonyms: rush
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    delay, detain, hold up
    cause to be slowed down or delayed
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    exhort, press, urge, urge on
    force or impel in an indicated direction
  4. noun
    the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner
    synonyms: haste, rush, rushing
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    bolt, dash
    the act of moving with great haste
    scamper, scramble, scurry
    the act of rushing about hastily in an undignified way
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    motion, move, movement
    the act of changing location from one place to another
  5. noun
    overly eager speed (and possible carelessness)
    synonyms: haste, hastiness, hurriedness, precipitation
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    abruptness, precipitance, precipitancy, precipitateness, precipitousness, suddenness
    the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning
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    fastness, speed, swiftness
    a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens
  6. noun
    a condition of urgency making it necessary to hurry
    “in a hurry to lock the door”
    synonyms: haste
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    the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity
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