Meaning of “rush” in the English Dictionary

"rush" in British English

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rushverb

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 day trying 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 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.

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rushnoun

uk /rʌʃ/ us /rʌʃ/

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.

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.

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.

[ S ] a sudden movement of people to a certain area, usually because of some economic advantage:

the California gold rush

[ 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 ball

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(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 moving quickly, or the need for quick action:

[ C ] a rush of cold air
[ U ] There’s no rush, I can wait.
"It’s like this," she said in a rush (= quickly).

A rush is also a sudden strong emotion or physical feeling:

[ 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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rushverb

uk /rʌʃ/ us

[ I ] to move or go somewhere very quickly:

rush to/into/out of sth Rescue workers rushed to the site of the chemical fire.

[ I or T ] to do something very quickly:

We can't rush the process.
They've asked us to rush delivery of the credit card machines.
Please do the work carefully and do not rush.

rushnoun [ S ]

uk /rʌʃ/ us

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 example leaving work to go to lunch, go home, etc.:

the morning/lunchtime/evening rush

a time when many people try to buy something:

a rush for sth The museums offered a bargain family membership, prompting a rush for the ticket counter.
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)