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uk   /rʌʃ/  us   /rʌʃ/
  • rush verb (GO/DO QUICKLY)

B2 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to (​cause to) go or do something very ​quickly: I've been rushing (about/around) all ​daytrying to get everything done. 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 toblame them. You can't rush a ​job like this. The ​emergencylegislation was rushed through Parliament in a ​morning. Don't rush me! The United Nations has rushed ​medicalaid and ​food to the ​faminezone. He rushed the ​children off to ​school so they wouldn't be late.

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  • rush verb (ATTACK)

[T] If a ​group of ​people rush an ​enemy or the ​place where an ​enemy is, they ​attacksuddenly and all together: We rushed the ​palacegates and ​killed the ​guards.
  • rush verb (AMERICAN FOOTBALL)

[I] In American ​football, to rush is to ​carry the ​ballforwardacross the ​place on the ​field where ​playbegins. Also, a ​member of the ​oppositeteam rushes when they ​forcetheir way to the back of the ​fieldquickly to ​catch the ​playercarrying the ​ball.


uk   /rʌʃ/  us   /rʌʃ/
  • rush noun (HURRY)

B2 [S] a ​situation in which you have to ​hurry or ​movesomewherequickly: 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.
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 ​bestseats. I ​try to do my ​shopping before the ​Christmas rush. There's been a rush for (= ​suddenpopulardemand for)tickets.
C2 [S] the ​act of ​suddenlymovingsomewherequickly: There was a rush ofair as she ​opened the ​door. They made a rush at him to get his ​gun.
[S] a ​suddenmovement of ​people to a ​certainarea, usually because of some ​economicadvantage: the California ​gold rush
[C] in American ​football, an ​attempt to ​runforwardscarrying the ​ball, or an ​attempt to ​quicklyreach and ​stop a ​player from the ​opposingteam who is ​carrying the ​ball

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  • rush noun (PLANT)

[C usually plural] a ​plant like ​grass that ​grows in or near ​water and whose ​long, ​thin, ​hollowstems can be ​dried and made into ​floorcoverings, ​containers, etc.: a rush ​mat
(Definition of rush from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rush" in American English

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rushverb [I/T]

 us   /rʌʃ/
to do something or move very ​quickly, or to ​cause someone to ​act in such a way; ​hurry: [I] She rushed toward me, ​talking and ​laughing. [I] You shouldn’t rush out and ​buy one. [T] We rushed her to the ​hospital. [T] She never rushes her ​students.

rushnoun [C/U]

 us   /rʌʃ/
something ​movingquickly, or the need for ​quickaction: [C] a rush of ​coldair [U] There’s no rush, I can ​wait. "It’s like this," she said in a rush (= ​quickly).
A rush is also a ​suddenstrongemotion or ​physicalfeeling: [C] a rush of ​excitement
(Definition of rush from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"rush" in Business English

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uk   us   /rʌʃ/
[I] to ​move or go somewhere very quickly: rush to/into/out of sth Rescue ​workers rushed to the ​site of the ​chemicalfire.
[I or T] to do something very quickly: We can't rush the ​process. They've ​asked us to rush ​delivery of the ​creditcardmachines. Please do the ​work carefully and do not rush.

rushnoun [S]

uk   us   /rʌʃ/
the ​state of hurrying somewhere: be in a rush (to do sth) He was in a rush to get to the ​meeting. In my rush to get ​home, I ​left my ​laptop on my ​desk.
a ​time when a lot of ​people are ​leaving one ​place and going to another, for ​exampleleavingwork to go to ​lunch, go ​home, etc.: the morning/lunchtime/evening rush
a ​time when many ​peopletry to ​buy something: a rush for sth The museums ​offered a ​bargain family ​membership, ​prompting a rush for the ​ticketcounter.a rush on sth There was a rush on ​disposable cameras.
a sudden ​movement towards something: make a rush at/for sth He made a rush at the door.
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(Definition of rush from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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