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verb     rush pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerushing
past tenserushed
past participlerushed
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to hurry in order to get somewhere very quickly
    rush in/toward/through/down etc.:

    Suddenly the door burst open and Joe rushed in.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to take or send someone or something somewhere in a hurry
      rush someone to/into/off etc.:

      Frank was rushed to the hospital with violent stomach pains.

      We rushed the kids off to school.

      rush someone something:

      Can you rush me a copy of the report?

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to hurry to do something

    There’s no need to rush. We have plenty of time.

    Don’t rush your decision.

    rush to do something:

    Hayley rushed to answer the phone.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to try to make someone hurry

      Stop rushing me, this job takes time.

      rush someone into (doing) something:

      You can’t rush someone into marrying you.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to flow somewhere very quickly

    The smile he gave her sent blood rushing to her cheeks.

  4. 4



    rush at

    [transitive] to move quickly toward someone or something, especially in order to attack them

    The gang rushed him and took his watch and wallet.

    Two dogs rushed at Delia, growling and baring their teeth.

  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] to carry the ball forward in the game of football
  6. 6
    [transitive] American to try to persuade students at a college or university in the U.S. to join a particular fraternity or sorority (=social organization) by entertaining them at social events
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to try to become a member of particular fraternity or sorority by going to its social events
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