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urge

verb \ ˈərj \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of urge

urged; urging
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
3 a : 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

urger

noun

Examples of urge in a Sentence

  1. He is continually urging reform.

  2. The rescuers urged that we remain calm.

  3. an editorial urging readers to vote

  4. I urge you to reconsider.

  5. A hand on her back urged her forward.

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Origin and Etymology of urge

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


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urge

noun

Definition of urge

1 : the act or process of urging
2 : a force or impulse that urges; especially : a continuing impulse toward an activity or goal

Examples of urge in a Sentence

  1. the urge for something sweet

  2. He fought the urge to cry.

Recent Examples of urge from the Web

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First Known Use of urge

circa 1618



URGE Defined for English Language Learners

urge

verb

Definition of urge for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of urge for English Language Learners

  • : a strong need or desire to have or do something


URGE Defined for Kids

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urge

verb \ ˈərj \

Definition of urge for Students

urged; urging
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 : 2force 1, drive
  • His dog urged the sheep onward.

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urge

noun

Definition of urge for Students

: a strong desire
  • She had the urge to laugh.


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