\ 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



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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Inflation concerns were already ballooning before the war, and since its onset in February, year-over-year rates continue to surge. Shannon K. Crawford, ABC News, 30 June 2022 With oil and gas prices rising even further in recent weeks, companies like Chevron and Occidental Petroleum—both favorites of billionaire investor Warren Buffett—could see shares continue to surge higher. Sergei Klebnikov, Forbes, 17 June 2022 News of the new booster comes as cases of COVID-19 continue to surge with more than 108,000 new cases in the U.S. over the last seven days. Stephanie Wenger,, 8 June 2022 That’s not the case right now: Home prices continue to surge, with prices up 19.2% year-over-year. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2022 Car and catalytic converter thefts continue to surge. oregonlive, 13 Apr. 2022 Michael Jones, chairman and CEO of investment solutions company Caravel Concepts, discussed how the ban is hitting green energy stocks as gas prices continue to surge. Devoun Cetoute,, 19 Mar. 2022 The stickers first started appearing last year, and have gained in popularity as gas prices continue to surge. Fox News, 12 Mar. 2022 And as the franchise’s uncharacteristic slump continues, other teams — namely the Grizzlies — continue to surge, making up ground on the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference quickly. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Retail sales, having slowed from their post-pandemic surge, still showed a better than 12% annual rate of advance in June, well above the rate of consumer price inflation. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Its price surge really began to take off after Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum’s founder, encouraged users and developers last week to migrate back to his original creation if they were not convinced by the upcoming Merge. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 29 July 2022 In addition to his continued career surge, the reigning CMA entertainer of the year and his wife Nicole recently welcomed their first child, son Tex Lawrence, on Father’s Day. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 19 July 2022 Andrew McCutchen continued his surge at the plate with a three-run double for the Brewers. Michael Wagaman, ajc, 16 July 2022 On a five-game unbeaten streak coming out of the international break, the Portland Timbers look to continue their second half surge with a home game against the rival Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday. oregonlive, 16 July 2022 Investors seeking refuge from volatile financial markets have been piling into the dollar as a safe bet, driving its surge to multidecade highs. Julia-ambra Verlaine, WSJ, 1 July 2022 The enhanced scrutiny of the industry is perhaps commensurate with its surge in importance in China. Jane Li, Quartz, 24 June 2022 Connor Hollis continued his surge at the plate, going 11 for 21 (.524) during the series with seven walks to lead the Texas League in hits and walks for the week. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 13 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of surge


1511, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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\ 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.



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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