surge

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verb

surged; surging

intransitive verb

1
: to rise and fall actively : toss
a ship surging in heavy seas
2
: to rise and move in waves or billows : swell
the sea was surging
3
: to slip around a windlass, capstan, or bitts
used especially of a rope
4
: to rise suddenly to an excessive or abnormal value
the stock market surged to a record high
5
: to move with a surge or in surges
felt the blood surging into his face Harry Hervey
she surged past the other runners

transitive verb

: to let go or slacken gradually
surge a rope

surge

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noun

1
: a swelling, rolling, or sweeping forward like that of a wave or series of waves
a surge of interest
2
a
: a large wave or billow : swell
b(1)
: a series of such swells or billows
(2)
: the resulting elevation of water level
3
a
: a movement (such as a slipping or slackening) of a rope or cable
b
: a sudden jerk or strain caused by such a movement
4
: a transient sudden rise of current or voltage in an electrical circuit

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Synonyms

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Example Sentences

Verb We all surged toward the door. She surged past the other runners. Thoughts of what could happen were surging through his mind. Housing prices have surged in recent months. Interest in the sport has been surging. Noun The sport is enjoying a surge in popularity. a surge of support for the candidate There was a sudden surge toward the door. There has been a surge of immigrants into the city. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Hurricane winds, surge and rain will be the story in Puerto Rico today and will begin in the eastern Dominican Republic tonight and into Monday, the hurricane center said. Leigh Morgan, al, 18 Sep. 2022 Raheim Sanders and Bryce Stephens had breakaway touchdowns within a three-minute span in the fourth quarter as Arkansas (3-0) overcame a 17-point deficit to surge past the Bears 38-27. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 18 Sep. 2022 Both can cause significant damage from strong winds, heavy rain and storm surge. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 17 Sep. 2022 In 2022, the peak came on Jan. 15 and remained at pre-surge levels until the last week of February. Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2022 About 26% of its 17 million people live below sea level and the country has spent billions of dollars to build a system of dams, levees and storm surge barriers. Juan A. Lozano, Chron, 10 Sep. 2022 With winter looming and the war in Ukraine ongoing, the U.K. energy regulator Ofgem warned in August that British households’ energy bills will surge 80% in October when a government mandated cap on energy prices expires. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 7 Sep. 2022 Fresno in the Central Valley figures to surge past its September record of 111. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2022 And President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration request for the state of Mississippi, directing his administration to surge federal assistance to the region, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted late Tuesday. Emily Wagster Pettus And Michael Goldberg, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 Aug. 2022
Noun
Such actions are setting the table for a surge of conversions, Liljegren said. Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2022 For a surge of moisture, this hydrating serum combines prime ingredients like lotus flower milk and Indian gooseberry — as well as peptides and hyaluronic acid — to create a smooth and glowy surface on your skin. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2022 The campaign by the grassroots Starbucks Workers United is a big part of the reason for the surge in organizing. Chris Isidore, CNN, 5 Sep. 2022 The report also identified the real solution for a price surge: adding more supply. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2022 Health officials are also preparing for a potential surge in cases this fall and winter. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2022 One of the reasons for the surge in mental health issues during the pandemic was the lack of social interaction. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 The National Health Service braced itself for a surge of hospital admissions, and warned that some appointments could be cancelled because of the heat. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 20 July 2022 What's clear, however, is that Michiganders ought to be prepared for a surge that might not be fully apparent for a few more weeks. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

earlier, to ride (at anchor) probably in part from Middle French sourgir to cast anchor, land, from Catalan surgir to heave, cast anchor, from Latin surgere to rise, spring up; from sub- up + regere to lead straight; in part from Latin surgere — more at sub-, right

First Known Use

Verb

1511, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of surge was in 1511

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Cite this Entry

“Surge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surge. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

surge 1 of 2

verb

surged; surging
1
: to rise suddenly and greatly
Prices have surged recently.
2
: to move suddenly and quickly in a particular direction
Crowds were surging through the streets.

surge

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noun

1
: a rush like that of a wave
She felt a surge of anger.
2
: a large wave
surges of water

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