urge

verb
\ˈərj \
urged; urging

Definition of urge 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

2 : to undertake the accomplishment of with energy, swiftness, or enthusiasm urge the attack

3a : solicit, entreat urged him to keep trying

b : to serve as a motive or reason for urged by a sense of duty

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

5 : stimulate, provoke urge not my father's anger— William Shakespeare

intransitive verb

: to declare, advance, or press earnestly a statement, argument, charge, or claim urged for the adoption of the proposal

urge

noun

Definition of urge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of urging

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

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urger noun

Examples of urge in a Sentence

Verb

He is continually urging reform. The rescuers urged that we remain calm. an editorial urging readers to vote I urge you to reconsider. A hand on her back urged her forward.

Noun

the urge for something sweet He fought the urge to cry.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sherry Turkle urges people to forego devices during the holidays. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 Jordan rallied party faithful on Friday, urging them to get out in their communities and share their message of inclusivity. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Democrats see a surge in interest, but can that create a 'blue wave' in red Idaho?," 30 June 2018 The group is urging the Food and Drug Administration to advance the rollout of new Nutrition Facts panels, first proposed under the Obama administration, that more prominently highlight added sugar and calorie information. Caitlin Dewey, latimes.com, "Four of the biggest food companies band together to change food and farm policy," 12 July 2018 But last year a group of scientists at universities and environmental organizations wrote members of Congress to urge opposition to the legislation. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Don Young’s bill to revise Magnuson-Stevens fishing law passes U.S. House," 13 July 2018 Schnatter's actions didn't go unnoticed by Louisville players including receivers Seth Dawkins and Jaylen Smith, who urged on Twitter the stadium be renamed. The Heat Index, azcentral, "Louisville drops 'Papa John's' from stadium name after founder uses racial slur," 13 July 2018 Hyacinth's sister, Zip, saw Jones first, on a TV broadcast, and urged Hyacinth to check him out. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "She woke up in Jonestown — everyone was dead," 13 July 2018 Other family members have continued to urge state and federal officials to reopen the case. Jenny Jarvie, latimes.com, "Justice Department reopens Emmett Till case. His killing in 1955 put a spotlight on racial violence," 12 July 2018 But public pressure from gubernatorial nominee Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging him from the left, prompted Cuomo on Monday to urge the Senate, which is out of session for the summer, to reconvene to pass the law. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Blue States’ Regressive Abortion Laws," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There's also the upcoming remake of Dario Argento's 1977 film Suspiria, which features a scene so sickening, some viewers who received a sneak peek at Cinema Con fought the strong urge to vomit. refinery29.com, "The Most F-ed Up Movie Of The Year Is Ruining Mother's Day," 10 May 2018 At Mile 24 in the 2014 Boston Marathon, Keflezighi had the urge to vomit, but did not want to pull over. Rachel G. Bowers, BostonGlobe.com, "Even the best-laid Boston Marathon plans can go off-course," 11 Apr. 2018 Plus, a single night of sleep deprivation is enough to up levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin (and, in turn, the urge to snack). Emily Abbate, Esquire, "A 5-Step New Year's Workout Plan Any Guy Can Crush," 2 Jan. 2018 That has proved more valuable in the long run than more immediate urges. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 There is the urge to go spelunking through her books, to descend into the mad caves and walk the corridors and labyrinthine tunnels, in search of meaning (or…treasure? Brittany Allen, Longreads, "Getting Tricked by Helen DeWitt," 9 July 2018 Imaging studies have found that the urge to play video games activates the same brain regions that light up when compulsive gamblers or those addicted to illicit drugs ponder the prospect of gambling or drug use. Melissa Healy, ajc, "World Health Organization says video game addiction is a disease," 20 June 2018 This writing urge was not a random, completely out-of-character one. Sara Clarkson, chicagotribune.com, "Clarkson: Susan Byrne’s short stories concern women, village in familiar fictional town," 14 June 2018 Stefanski is resisting the urge to completely clean house and is open to bringing back some members of the Van Gundy front office. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Could Tayshaun Prince emerge in new Detroit Pistons front office?," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of urge

Verb

circa 1555, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for urge

Verb

Latin urgēre to press, push, entreat — more at wreak

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urge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of urge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

urge

noun

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

: a strong need or desire to have or do something

urge

verb
\ˈərj \
urged; urging

Kids Definition of urge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to try to get (something) accepted : argue in favor of She's always urging reform.

2 : to try to convince He urged his guests to stay.

3 : force entry 2 sense 1, drive His dog urged the sheep onward.

urge

noun

Kids Definition of urge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong desire She had the urge to laugh.

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