Basic+ Word of the Day: rush

rush (verb, noun) past tense: rushed LISTEN

Rush hour

If you rush somewhere, it means that you go somewhere quickly.

  • He rushed to the hospital to see his new baby.

If you are in a rush, it means that you need to go somewhere quickly. If you don’t get there quickly, you will be late.

  • Sorry, I’m in a rush. Can we talk later?

If you rush someone, it means that you make them do something faster.

  • I don’t want to rush you, but we have to finish this before 4pm.

Related words

Rush hour is the time when people are going to work in the morning, or returning from work in the evening. There are usually lots of cars on the roads at rush hour. For example, “I don’t like driving when it’s rush hour.”

In pop culture

Do you know the Rush Hour movies with Jackie Chan? They’re about two cops who are very different, but they have to work together. In this video from the third movie, Carter speaks to two Chinese men named Yu and Mi. Do you think he understands that Yu and Mi are their names?

There are other meanings of rush.

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