Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

hurry up - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhurry up
he/she/ithurries up
present participlehurrying up
past tensehurried up
past participlehurried up
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1

    hurry up


    hurry along

    [transitive] to make someone do something more quickly, or to make something happen sooner

    Try and hurry her up a bit or we’ll be late.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] mainly spoken used for telling someone to do something more quickly

    Hurry up and finish your soup.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to do something or move somewhere more quickly

    She wished George would hurry up with her cup of tea.

See also main entry: hurry


a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play