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English definition of “hurry”

hurry

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈhʌr.i/ us    /ˈhɝː-/
A2 to move or do things more quickly than normal or to make someone do this: Hurry or you'll be late. [+ to infinitive] She hurried to answer the phone. I hate to hurry you, but I have to leave in a few minutes. Don't hurry your food (= don't eat it too quickly). I refuse to be hurried into a decision (= to be forced to make a decision too quickly). After spending her lunch hour shopping, she hurried back (= returned quickly) to work.
Phrasal verbs

hurry

noun [S] uk   /ˈhʌr.i/ us    /ˈhɝː-/
B1 the need to move or do things more quickly than normal: We left in such a hurry that we forgot our tickets. "Can you wait a few minutes?" "Yes, I'm not in any hurry/I'm in no hurry (= I can wait)." Are you in a hurry (= wanting) to leave? What's (all) the hurry (for)/Why (all) the hurry? (= Why are you acting or moving so quickly?) "I'll let you have this back next week." "That's all right, there's no (great) hurry/there isn't any (great) hurry (= no need to do it quickly)."
(Definition of hurry from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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