adjective ur·gent \ˈər-jənt\

: very important and needing immediate attention

: showing that something is very important and needs immediate attention

Full Definition of URGENT

a :  calling for immediate attention :  pressing <urgent appeals> <an urgent need>
b :  conveying a sense of urgency
:  urging insistently :  importunate
ur·gent·ly adverb

Examples of URGENT

  1. We've come to deliver an urgent message.
  2. an urgent appeal for assistance
  3. He addressed us in an urgent manner.
  4. An urgent voice came over the intercom, telling us to leave the building immediately.

Origin of URGENT

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin urgent-, urgens, present participle of urgēre
First Known Use: 15th century


Next Word in the Dictionary: urginglyPrevious Word in the Dictionary: urgencyAll Words Near: urgent
March 29, 2015
discomfit Hear it
To thwart or disconcert
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears