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verb     hurry pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehurrying
past tensehurried
past participlehurried
  1. [intransitive] to do something or to move somewhere very quickly

    We’d better hurry or we’ll be late.

    Alex had to hurry home, but I decided to stay.

    hurry along/through/into:

    She hurried along the corridor toward his office.

    He hurried through the streets until he reached Bill’s house.

    hurry to do something:

    The telephone suddenly rang and she hurried to answer it.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make someone do something or move somewhere more quickly
      hurry someone away/in/out etc.:

      Liz took Anna’s arm and hurried her away.

      hurry someone into doing something:

      Don’t let them hurry you into signing anything.

    2. b.
      to make something happen more quickly than it would have done

      Let’s not hurry the process.

      hurry something through:

      The Act was hurried through Parliament just before the election.

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