surge

verb
\ ˈsərj How to pronounce surge (audio) \
surged; surging

Definition of surge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

noun

Definition of surge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a swelling, rolling, or sweeping forward like that of a wave or series of waves a surge of interest
2a : a large wave or billow : swell
b(1) : a series of such swells or billows
(2) : the resulting elevation of water level
3a : 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 for surge

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of surge in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the days following the announcement of the loan, the company’s stock continued to surge. Geoffrey Rogow, WSJ, 18 May 2021 Home prices continued to surge across the Baltimore metro area, reaching an all-time high in April as mortgage rates remained historically low and the coronavirus pandemic continued into its second spring. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, 12 May 2021 Open Streets introduced similar closures in an effort to support local businesses last fall, as cases of the coronavirus began to surge. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 Demand for energy is expected to surge as a strong economic outlook is boosted by the accelerating rollout of vaccinations and widespread fiscal response to the economic crisis. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2021 With the coronavirus continuing to surge in many parts of the globe, the U.S. State Department is urging Americans to reconsider their international travel plans. Melody Petersen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2021 The Magic lead was 23 early in the fourth quarter when the Bulls began to surge behind LaVine. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, 14 Apr. 2021 A year ago last month, digital shopping began to surge as stay-at-home orders related to the Covid-19 pandemic rolled out across the U.S. Karen Etzkorn, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Now that the supply of vaccines is expected to surge, health officials say, the issue of having more vaccinators available is taking on greater urgency. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 8 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two years ago, Popeyes launched its first-ever chicken sandwich, both in regular and spicy options, fueling a surge in fresh offerings from rivals including McDonald's and Wendy's. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Governor Charlie Baker at a Wednesday news conference noted the dramatic decline in coronavirus numbers since the peak of the second surge early this year and cited the impact of vaccinations. BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2021 Altria made a big bet on Juul because its sleek vaporizers were fueling a surge in the e-cigarette market and hastening the decline of traditional cigarettes. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, 2 June 2021 Local opposition to the Olympics has been mounting in Japan as the country faces a Covid-19 surge and slow vaccination rollout, with Tokyo and other areas of the country under a state of emergency due to the pandemic. Alison Durkee, Forbes, 2 June 2021 And the number of people currently hospitalized Wednesday was about a quarter of what the tally was at the peak of an April surge of the virus. Alex Mann, baltimoresun.com, 2 June 2021 The number of Californians hospitalized with COVID-19, which peaked above 21,000 during the height of the state’s fall-and-winter surge, is also receding. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 In the 2013 book Her Best-Kept Secret, an exploration of the surge in female drinking, the journalist Gabrielle Glaser recalls noticing, early this century, that women around her were drinking more. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 Despite the record number of deaths, there are some positive signs that India’s surge may be slowing, with less than 300,000 new daily cases this week. Washington Post, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of surge

Verb

1511, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for surge

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

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5 Jun 2021

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“Surge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surge. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for surge

surge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of surge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move very quickly and suddenly in a particular direction
: to suddenly increase to an unusually high level

surge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of surge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sudden, large increase
: a sudden movement of many people
: a large wave of water

surge

verb
\ ˈsərj How to pronounce surge (audio) \
surged; surging

Kids Definition of surge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

noun

Kids Definition of surge (Entry 2 of 2)

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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