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surge

verb \ ˈsərj \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of surge

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

Examples of surge in a Sentence

  1. We all surged toward the door.

  2. She surged past the other runners.

  3. Thoughts of what could happen were surging through his mind.

  4. Housing prices have surged in recent months.

  5. Interest in the sport has been surging.

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Origin and Etymology of surge

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

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surge

noun

Definition of surge

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

Examples of surge in a Sentence

  1. The sport is enjoying a surge in popularity.

  2. a surge of support for the candidate

  3. There was a sudden surge toward the door.

  4. There has been a surge of immigrants into the city.

Recent Examples of surge from the Web

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First Known Use of surge

1520

surge Synonyms



SURGE Defined for English Language Learners

surge

verb

Definition of surge for English Language Learners

  • : to move very quickly and suddenly in a particular direction

  • : to suddenly increase to an unusually high level


surge

noun

Definition of surge for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden, large increase

  • : a sudden movement of many people

  • : a large wave of water


SURGE Defined for Kids

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surge

verb \ ˈsərj \

Definition of surge for Students

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.

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surge

noun

Definition of surge for Students

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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