\ 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



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

Other Words from urge


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Additionally, Kelly teamed up with West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin to urge the Biden administration to increase domestic oil production. Kyle Morris, Fox News, 29 July 2022 The musician took the opportunity to publicly urge the Dallas Cowboys to book her to perform the National Anthem at a future game. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 28 July 2022 Stewart has been an advocate for expanding health care to veterans exposed to the burn pits, appearing multiple times on Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to act but also to warn of efforts to obstruct the legislation. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 28 July 2022 The group says their primary goal is to urge members of Congress to stop passing spending bills and to support a Republican House bill that would call for drilling for more oil in the U.S. and would reauthorize construction of the Keystone pipeline. Alexandra Marquez, NBC News, 27 July 2022 Each time a surge occurs, public health officials should announce it, urge vaccination and testing, and impose mask mandates — just for those high-transmission periods, Raifman said. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2022 The filing goes on to urge the FCC to reject Dish’s proposal and secure the 12GHz access for satellite providers. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 18 July 2022 Six of those seven robberies happened at 7-Eleven stores during the early hours on July 11, prompting the company to urge its stores to close as a safety precaution. Taylor Romine And Josh Campbell, CNN, 16 July 2022 The calf picks up its pace as two of the riders urge it from one side, and their third partner from the other. Eric Jay Toll, Chicago Tribune, 13 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ultimately, though, in the months following Tokyo, his preternatural urge to win kicked into gear. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2022 One way to restore control is that people will have the urge to defend and protect the in-group and do certain things to restore a sense of safety and control. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 June 2022 While some women can resist the urge to change (including Alex’s mother, at once physically frail and fiercely resolute), many others, often mid-argument or post-indignity, succumb. Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 June 2022 While acknowledging the limited uses for a tiny HDMI PC monitor, maker mitxela had the urge to get a 128×68 dot matrix OLED screen up and running as a PC monitor that connects directly to its system. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 1 Apr. 2022 A couple of months ago, Nicole had the sudden urge to check the text messages saved on her daughter’s tablet. New York Times, 28 June 2021 Thus, there really isn't much difference in urge between any of the higher ratios when traveling quickly. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 19 July 2022 Now the Amazing Race team is back in the house, and no one is feeling any kind of urge for revenge. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 14 July 2022 Your desire to put yourself out there may be competing with the urge to blend into the shadows at this time. Chicago Tribune, 14 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of urge


circa 1555, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


circa 1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for urge


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

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2 Aug 2022

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“Urge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urge. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for urge


\ 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.



Kids Definition of urge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong desire She had the urge to laugh.

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