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rush

verb uk   /rʌʃ/ us  

rush verb (GO/DO QUICKLY)

B2 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to (cause to) go or do something very quickly: Whenever I see him, he seems to be rushing (about/around). I rushed up the stairs/to the office/to find a phone. When she turned it upside down the water rushed out. [+ to infinitive] We shouldn't rush to blame them. You can't rush a job like this. The emergency legislation was rushed through Parliament in a morning. Don't rush me! The United Nations has rushed medical aid and food to the famine zone. He rushed the children off to school so they wouldn't be late.Hurrying and doing things quicklyBusy and activeMoving quickly

rush verb (ATTACK)

[T] If a group of people rush an enemy or the place where an enemy is, they attack suddenly and all together: We rushed the palace gates and killed the guards.Attacking and invading

rush verb (AMERICAN FOOTBALL)

[I] In American football, to rush is to carry the ball forward across the place on the field where play begins. Also, a member of the opposite team rushes when they force their way to the back of the field quickly to catch the player carrying the ball.American footballGeneral terms used in ball sports

rush

noun uk   /rʌʃ/ us  

rush noun (HURRY)

B2 [S] a situation in which you have to hurry or move somewhere quickly: Slow down! What's the rush? Why is it always such a rush to get ready in the mornings? Everyone seemed to be in a rush. He was in a rush to get home. They were in no rush to sell the house.Hurrying and doing things quicklyBusy and active C2 [S] a time when a lot of things are happening or a lot of people are trying to do or get something: There's always a rush to get the best seats. I try to do my shopping before the Christmas rush. There's been a rush for (= sudden popular demand for) tickets.Hurrying and doing things quicklyBusy and active C2 [S] the act of suddenly moving somewhere quickly: There was a rush of air as she opened the door. They made a rush at him to get his gun.Hurrying and doing things quicklyBusy and active [S] a sudden movement of people to a certain area, usually because of some economic advantage: the California gold rushPeople who live or settle somewhere [C] in American football, an attempt to run forwards carrying the ball, or an attempt to quickly reach and stop a player from the opposing team who is carrying the ballAmerican footballGeneral terms used in ball sports

rush noun (SUDDEN FEELING)

[S] a sudden strong emotion or physical feeling: The memory of who he was came back to him with a rush. I had my first cigarette for a year and felt a sudden rush (of dizziness).Strong feelings

rush noun (PLANT)

[C usually plural] a plant like grass that grows in or near water and whose long, thin, hollow stems can be dried and made into floor coverings, containers, etc.: a rush matWater and marsh plants, bushes and trees
(Definition of rush from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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