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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Verb

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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

For years, financial planners urged people to buy long-term care insurance. Neal Templin, WSJ, "Where Retirees Underestimate Spending," 28 Nov. 2018 Verizon's network update urged people to avoid cutting fiber lines. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "12 days after hurricane, Verizon says Florida network is back to normal," 22 Oct. 2018 Police urge anyone with knowledge of the man’s identity of whereabouts to call or email Detective Woodson Blase, at 512-528-2849 or wblase@leandertx.gov. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "He wore underwear for the break-in — but not in the right place, video shows," 12 July 2018 Drivers are urged to be alert of construction workers. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Road and ramp repairs on I-88 between Naperville and Oak Brook start this week," 10 July 2018 Gunter posted the story on Facebook last week, urging people to properly store and discard their marijuana to protect their pets. NBC News, "More dogs being poisoned by marijuana, vets say," 8 July 2018 Smith also urged shot-receivers to take a deep breath and relax their muscles, as shots given in tense muscles tend to hurt more. Erica Sweeney, Teen Vogue, "Why Do Some Vaccines Hurt More Than Others?," 24 Oct. 2018 Mark seemed ambivalent at times urging Brett on and at times telling him to stop. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Christine Blasey Ford's Opening Statement at Brett Kavanaugh's Hearing," 27 Sep. 2018 Commuters are also urged to allow additional time for travel, the MBTA said. Jackson Cote, BostonGlobe.com, "Green Line service temporarily suspended between Brigham Circle and Heath Street," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Don't even bother fighting the urge to buy all of these dish towels. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Christmas Has Arrived At Target And Yep, It’s Magical," 30 Oct. 2018 Giglio recommends using a clean spoolie to gently exfoliate and scrub off any dry bits on your lips before starting in with your lip balm or lipstick (resist the urge to peel or bite off peeling skin, which can be painful and lead to bleeding). Talia Abbas, SELF, "13 Things I Learned When I Wore Red Lipstick Every Day for a Week," 17 Oct. 2018 And of course, Musk himself couldn’t resist the urge to make an unscheduled appearance. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "WARR Hyperloop pod hits 284 mph to win SpaceX competition," 23 July 2018 After all, what is a marathon other than several hours of resisting the powerful (and eminently logical) urge to slow down or stop? Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Here’s What We Know About Mental Fatigue," 10 July 2018 Day Two Make your way to the Ashland Food Co-Op (http://ashlandfood.coop) for breakfast, and fight the urge to load up on the biscuits, gravy and breakfast casserole at the hot bar. Joe Jackson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bard-land on a budget: Experiencing Ashland with 2 people for 2 days on $200," 24 May 2018 This includes fighting the urge to speed ahead of a bicyclist to make a turn. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "A Jazz Fest guide for bicyclists (and drivers, too!)," 26 Apr. 2018 Fight the brownie urge and opt for healthy options as much as possible. Sarah Richards, Woman's Day, "Quiet Your Mind in Anxious Times With These Expert Tricks," 14 Aug. 2018 Sure, people in the 1990s (as now) withered away in the closet–but everyone Cunanan encounters seems burdened by their urges. Daniel D'addario, Time, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace," 11 Jan. 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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