rush ( rushes plural & 3rd person present) ( rushing present participle) ( rushed past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you rush somewhere, you go there quickly.
A schoolgirl rushed into a burning flat to save a man's life... V prep/adv
I've got to rush. Got a meeting in a few minutes... V
Shop staff rushed to get help. V to-inf
2 verb If people rushto do something, they do it as soon as they can, because they are very eager to do it.
Russian banks rushed to buy as many dollars as they could... V to-inf
3 n-sing A rush is a situation in which you need to go somewhere or do something very quickly.
The men left in a rush..., It was all rather a rush...
4 n-sing If there is a rushfor something, many people suddenly try to get it or do it.
usu N for n
Record stores are expecting a huge rush for the single.
5 n-sing Therush is a period of time when many people go somewhere or do something.
the N, oft supp N
The shop's opening coincided with the Christmas rush...
6 verb If you rush something, you do it in a hurry, often too quickly and without much care.
You can't rush a search... V n
Instead of rushing at life, I wanted something more meaningful. V at n
The report had all the hallmarks of a rushed job.
7 verb If you rush someone or something to a place, you take them there quickly.
We got an ambulance and rushed her to hospital... V n prep
We'll rush it round today if possible. V n with adv
8 verb If you rushinto something or are rushedinto it, you do it without thinking about it for long enough.
He will not rush into any decisions... V into n
They had rushed in without adequate appreciation of the task... V in
Ministers won't be rushed into a response... be V-ed into n
Don't rush him or he'll become confused. V n
rushed adj usu v-link ADJ
At no time did I feel rushed or under pressure.
9 verb If you rush something or someone, you move quickly and forcefully at them, often in order to attack them.
They rushed the entrance and forced their way in... V n
Tom came rushing at him from another direction. V at n
10 verb If air or liquid rushes somewhere, it flows there suddenly and quickly.
Water rushes out of huge tunnels... V prep/adv
Rush is also a noun., n-count usu sing, with supp
A rush of air on my face woke me.
11 n-count If you experience a rushof a feeling, you suddenly experience it very strongly.
usu sing, with supp
A rush of pure affection swept over him...
12 If you are rushed off your feet, you are extremely busy. INFORMAL
be rushed off your feet phrase usu v-link PHR We used to be rushed off our feet at lunchtimes. rush out phrasal verb If a document or product is rushed out, it is produced very quickly. A statement was rushed out... be V-ed P Studios are rushing out monster movies to take advantage of our new-found enthusiasm for dinosaurs. V P n (not pron), Also V n P rush through phrasal verb If you rush something through, you deal with it quickly so that it is ready in a shorter time than usual. The government rushed through legislation aimed at Mafia leaders... V P n (not pron) They rushed the burial through so no evidence would show up. V n P
gold rush ( gold rushes plural ) A gold rush is a situation when a lot of people suddenly go to a place where gold has been discovered. n-count
rush hour ( rush hours plural ) , rush-hour The rush hour is one of the periods of the day when most people are travelling to or from work. n-count also at/during N
During the evening rush hour it was often solid with vehicles..., Try to avoid rush-hour traffic...