urge

verb
\ ˈərj How to pronounce urge (audio) \
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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Other Words from urge

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

Protest organizers urged one million people to demonstrate Friday, after tens of thousands took to the streets during the week calling for political change in the energy-rich but economically stagnant country. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Algerians Stage Rare Protests Against Leader’s Rule," 1 Mar. 2019 Celebrities joined in, bolstering the cause, urging congress to act, to do something to keep a massacre of this magnitude from occurring yet again. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Year After the Parkland Shooting, Has Anything Really Changed?," 14 Feb. 2019 Revealed a day early via the @kensingtonroyal Instagram account, in 2018, the Queen urges listeners to overcome their differences and to understand one another. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen Elizabeth's 2018 Christmas Message Calls for 'Respect' & 'Understanding'," 24 Dec. 2018 Repeatedly, mission control urged the hard-charging cosmonauts to take a break. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Russian cosmonauts spend nearly eight hours cutting into their spacecraft," 12 Dec. 2018 In their video, Cruise and McQuarrie urge TV watchers to turn off the motion smoothing feature on their TVs. Barbara Krasnoff, The Verge, "How to turn off motion smoothing on your high-definition TV," 5 Dec. 2018 Democrats, meanwhile, urged to delay the vote in order to have the FBI investigate Dr. Ford’s claims. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What Does Jeff Flake's Vote Mean? Brett Kavanaugh Is Still in the Running, For Now," 28 Sep. 2018 One day at the factory, a little old cockney man urged me to buy Stage magazine and check the back page for jobs. Marc Myers, WSJ, "After Escaping London’s Blitz as a Child, Michael Caine Is Still Hiding Out in the Country," 13 Feb. 2019 But Larcombe urges us to take this with a grain of salt. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle May Not Give Birth at the Lindo Wing, the Royal Family's Favorite Maternity Ward," 3 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Please resist the all-consuming urge to reach for the scissors and DIY it for yourself, because this one is best left to the professionals. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Got a Retro Hair Makeover With Short Blunt Bangs," 29 Jan. 2019 In more than 11 hours of a videotaped interview with a Broward County Sheriff’s Office detective, the 19-year-old Mr. Cruz expressed suicidal urges and described deeply troubled thoughts. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Parkland Shooting Suspect Says He Heard Voices," 6 Aug. 2018 The story offers virtually no clues about what triggers the urge and no way to escape it. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Smart scares for smart people," 31 Oct. 2018 Because we’re all cobbled together from rusty old screws and clown noses and deeply dirty notions and selfish urges and sloppy impulses and fear and rage and wild, tenacious dreams that won’t die. Heather Havrilesky, The Cut, "‘My Friends Keep Bringing Up My Sordid Past in Mixed Company!’," 7 Mar. 2018 Magic Words: There are no urges that are inherently right or wrong. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes September 10-16," 10 Sep. 2016 From wearing bitter-tasting nail polish to keeping your hands covered by gloves, there are countless techniques that nail biters try, only to find that the often-mindless urge is just too strong. Marci Robin, Allure, "A Woman Lost Her Thumb to Skin Cancer Believed to Be Caused by a Nail-Biting Habit," 10 Sep. 2018 At the heart, though, remains a defiant urge for transcendence that is quintessential rock-and-roll. Philly.com, "Manayunk Arts Festival, Juneteenth, Bluebird Distilling 3rd Anniversary Party, and other events in Philadelphia, June 22-29," 21 June 2018 The Eyes of My Mother (2016) A girl, a hostage, and an urge to poke and prod human flesh. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 28 Best Halloween Movies on Netflix," 11 Oct. 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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The first known use of urge was circa 1555

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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 How to pronounce urge (audio) \
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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