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urge

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verb \ˈərj\

Simple Definition of urge

  • : 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

urgedurg·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to present, advocate, or demand earnestly or pressingly <his conviction was upheld on a theory never urged at his … trial — Leon Friedman>

  3. 2 :  to undertake the accomplishment of with energy, swiftness, or enthusiasm <urge the attack>

  4. 3 a :  solicit, entreat <urged him to keep trying> b :  to serve as a motive or reason for <urged by a sense of duty>

  5. 4 :  to force or impel in an indicated direction or into motion or greater speed <the dog urged the sheep toward the gate>

  6. 5 :  stimulate, provoke <urge not my father's anger — Shakespeare>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  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


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urge

noun

Simple Definition of urge

  • : a strong need or desire to have or do something

Full Definition of urge

  1. 1 :  the act or process of urging

  2. 2 :  a force or impulse that urges; especially :  a continuing impulse toward an activity or goal




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