rush

To rush is to hurry or move very quickly, like when you rush to get to class on time or rush to catch the subway instead of waiting for the next one.

Rush implies urgency — you need to get somewhere, or do something, fast. You can also rush someone else: "Don't rush me, I like to stay after the movie and watch the credits!" It's a noun, too: "She's obviously in a rush to get somewhere." A "rush job" has an immediate deadline, and "rush hour" is the busiest time of day for drivers in a rush to get to work, or to go home afterward.

Primary Meanings of rush

1.
vnadj
act or move at high speed
the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner
done under pressure
2.
vn
attack suddenly
a sudden forceful flow
3.
vn
run with the ball, in football
(American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running into the line
4.
n
grasslike plants growing in wet places and having cylindrical often hollow stems
5.
adj
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Full Definitions of rush
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v act or move at high speed

“We have to rush!”
Synonyms:
festinate, hasten, hurry, look sharp
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v move fast

“He rushed down the hall to receive his guests”
Synonyms:
belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush along, speed, step on it
Antonyms:
dawdle, linger
take one's time; proceed slowly
Types:
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barge, push forward, thrust ahead
push one's way
buck, charge, shoot, shoot down, tear
move quickly and violently
dart, dash, flash, scoot, scud, shoot
run or move very quickly or hastily
plunge
dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity
rip
move precipitously or violently
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v cause to move fast or to rush or race

Synonyms:
race
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v urge to an unnatural speed

“Don't rush me, please!”
Synonyms:
hurry
Antonyms:
delay, detain, hold up
cause to be slowed down or delayed
Type of:
exhort, press, urge, urge on
force or impel in an indicated direction

v cause to occur rapidly

Synonyms:
hasten, induce, stimulate
Type of:
effect, effectuate, set up
produce

n the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner

Synonyms:
haste, hurry, rushing
Types:
bolt, dash
the act of moving with great haste
scamper, scramble, scurry
rushing about hastily in an undignified way
Type of:
motion, move, movement
the act of changing location from one place to another

adj done under pressure

“a rush job”
Synonyms:
rushed
hurried
moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste
2

v attack suddenly

Types:
bear down, charge
to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle
Type of:
assail, assault, attack, set on
attack someone physically or emotionally

n a sudden forceful flow

Synonyms:
spate, surge, upsurge
Types:
debris storm, debris surge
the sudden spread of dust and debris from a collapsing building
onrush
a forceful forward rush or flow
Type of:
flow, flowing
the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

n the swift release of a store of affective force

“he got a quick rush from injecting heroin”
Synonyms:
bang, boot, charge, flush, kick, thrill
Type of:
excitement, exhilaration
the feeling of lively and cheerful joy

n a sudden burst of activity

“come back after the rush
Type of:
burst, flare-up, outburst
a sudden intense happening
3

v run with the ball, in football

Type of:
run
move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time

n (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running into the line

“the linebackers were ready to stop a rush
Synonyms:
rushing
Type of:
run, running, running game, running play
(American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team
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n grasslike plants growing in wet places and having cylindrical often hollow stems

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Juncus effusus, bullrush, bulrush, common rush, soft rush
tall rush with soft erect or arching stems found in Eurasia, Australia, New Zealand, and common in North America
Juncus articulatus, jointed rush
rush of Australia
Juncus bufonius, toad rush
low-growing annual rush of damp low-lying ground; nearly cosmopolitan
Juncus inflexus, hard rush
tall rush of temperate regions
Juncus leseurii, salt rush
rush of the Pacific coast of North America
Juncus tenuis, slender rush
tufted wiry rush of wide distribution
Type of:
bog plant, marsh plant, swamp plant
a semiaquatic plant that grows in soft wet land; most are monocots: sedge, sphagnum, grasses, cattails, etc; possibly heath
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adj not accepting reservations

Synonyms:
first-come-first-serve
unreserved
not reserved

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