Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: ruser 'to drive back, deceive', from Latin recusare; RECUSE


1 verb
rush1 S2 W3

move quickly

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to move very quickly, especially because you need to be somewhere very soon [= hurry]:
A small girl rushed past her.
Mo rushed off down the corridor.

rush to do something

to do something very quickly and without delay:
I rushed to pack my suitcase before she came back.
He rushed to help his comrade.

do something too quickly

[intransitive and transitive] to do or decide something too quickly, especially so that you do not have time to do it carefully or well:
He does not intend to rush his decision.
rush into
I'm not rushing into marriage again.
rush through
She rushed through her script.
rush it/things
When we first met, neither of us wanted to rush things.

take/send urgently

[transitive always + adverb/preposition] to take or send someone or something somewhere very quickly, especially because of an unexpected problem
The Red Cross rushed medical supplies to the war zone.
Dan was rushed to hospital with serious head injuries.

make somebody hurry

[transitive] to try to make someone do something more quickly than they want to:
I'm sorry to rush you, but we need a decision by Friday.
rush somebody into (doing) something
They felt they were being rushed into choosing a new leader.


[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if water or another liquid rushes somewhere, it moves quickly:
Water rushed through the gorge.


blood rushes to somebody's face/cheeks

used to say that someone's face becomes red because they feel embarrassed:
I felt the blood rush to my face as I heard my name.


[transitive] to attack a person or place suddenly and in a group:
They rushed the guard and stole his keys.

american universities

American English
a) [transitive]SEC to give parties for students, have meetings etc, in order to decide whether to let them join your fraternity or sorority (=type of club)
b) [intransitive and transitive]SEC to go through the process of trying to be accepted into one of these clubs

american football

[intransitive and transitive]DSF to carry the ball forward

rush around

phrasal verb
to try to do a lot of things in a short period of time:
Get things ready early so that you don't have to rush around at the last minute.

rush something ↔ out

phrasal verb
BBT to make a new product, book etc available for sale very quickly:
The new edition was rushed out just before Christmas.

rush something ↔ through

phrasal verb
PGP to deal with official or government business more quickly than usual
rush something through something
The legislation was rushed through parliament.

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