verb \ˈərj\

: to ask people to do or support (something) in a way that shows that you believe it is very important

: to try to persuade (someone) in a serious way to do something

: to use force or pressure to move (someone or something) in a particular direction or at a particular speed


Full Definition of URGE

transitive verb
:  to present, advocate, or demand earnestly or pressingly <his conviction was upheld on a theory never urged at his … trial — Leon Friedman>
:  to undertake the accomplishment of with energy, swiftness, or enthusiasm <urge the attack>
a :  solicit, entreat <urged him to keep trying>
b :  to serve as a motive or reason for <urged by a sense of duty>
:  to force or impel in an indicated direction or into motion or greater speed <the dog urged the sheep toward the gate>
:  stimulate, provoke <urge not my father's anger — Shakespeare>
intransitive verb
:  to declare, advance, or press earnestly a statement, argument, charge, or claim <urged for the adoption of the proposal>
urg·er noun

Examples of URGE

  1. He is continually urging reform.
  2. The rescuers urged that we remain calm.
  3. an editorial urging readers to vote
  4. I urge you to reconsider.
  5. A hand on her back urged her forward.

Origin of URGE

Latin urgēre to press, push, entreat — more at wreak
First Known Use: circa 1555



: a strong need or desire to have or do something

Full Definition of URGE

:  the act or process of urging
:  a force or impulse that urges; especially :  a continuing impulse toward an activity or goal

Examples of URGE

  1. the urge for something sweet
  2. He fought the urge to cry.

First Known Use of URGE

circa 1618

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