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.

Definitions of rush
  1. verb
    act or move at high speed
    “We have to rush!”
    synonyms: festinate, hasten, hurry, look sharp
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    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  2. verb
    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
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    dawdle, linger
    take one's time; proceed slowly
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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
    dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity
    move precipitously or violently
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  3. verb
    cause to move fast or to rush or race
    synonyms: race
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  4. verb
    urge to an unnatural speed
    “Don't rush me, please!”
    synonyms: hurry
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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
  5. verb
    cause to occur rapidly
  6. noun
    the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner
    synonyms: haste, hurry, 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
    type of:
    motion, move, movement
    the act of changing location from one place to another
  7. adjective
    done under pressure
    “a rush job”
    synonyms: rushed
    moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste
  8. verb
    attack suddenly
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    bear down, charge
    to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle
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    assail, assault, attack, set on
    attack someone physically or emotionally
  9. noun
    a sudden forceful flow
    synonyms: spate, surge, upsurge
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    debris storm, debris surge
    the sudden spread of dust and debris from a collapsing building
    a forceful forward rush or flow
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    flow, flowing
    the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
  10. noun
    the swift release of a store of affective force
    synonyms: bang, boot, charge, flush, kick, thrill
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    excitement, exhilaration
    the feeling of lively and cheerful joy
  11. noun
    a sudden burst of activity
    “come back after the rush
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    burst, flare-up, outburst
    a sudden intense happening
  12. verb
    run with the ball, in football
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    move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time
  13. noun
    (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running into the line
    “the linebackers were ready to stop a rush
    synonyms: rushing
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    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
  14. noun
    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
  15. adjective
    not accepting reservations
    synonyms: first-come-first-serve
    not reserved
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