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

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 State travel officials urge Californians to plan summer vacations — to California. Taylor Kate Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: 'It's like it never happened': Ski resorts disclose little on fatalities," 5 May 2021 Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan joined two other Democratic mayors Thursday on a panel hosted by gun control advocates to urge U.S. senators to support a bill to expand background checks for prospective gun buyers. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Cleveland quickly released police shooting body cam video. Will that continue? The Wake Up for Friday, April 23, 2021," 23 Apr. 2021 Health officials also urge continued COVID-19 testing, offering to provide free kits to school districts starting next week. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "Minnesota COVID-19 ICU admissions top 200 again," 23 Apr. 2021 Wildlife officials urge everyone to be careful and pay close attention when spending time around fresh or brackish water. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Only in Florida: Large Alligator Filmed Strolling Through Publix Parking Lot," 23 Apr. 2021 Some variants are seen as more infectious and deadly, and officials urge residents to get vaccinated in order to stamp out their spread. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Jill Biden, Gay Men’s Chorus, eel fishery: News from around our 50 states," 23 Apr. 2021 Health officials urge people to continue to wear masks in public and avoid large crowds. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "Will our rush to flee the pandemic land us back in the middle of it?," 30 Mar. 2021 In Massachusetts, state education officials urge public schools to teach students about the Holocaust — but don’t require it. BostonGlobe.com, "Duxbury football anti-Semitism shows need for mandatory Holocaust education, antihate groups say," 30 Mar. 2021 For now, Cubic’s board continues to urge shareholders to support the Veritas/Elliott transaction. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cubic Corp. a hot commodity: Second suitor ups ante in bid to buy San Diego tech firm," 22 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s even a music parlor, should the two of you feel the urge to burst into song on the upright piano. Ashlea Halpern, Marie Claire, "6 Fun Trips to Take With Your Best Friend," 5 May 2021 The urge to chop our hair always strikes as the weather gets warmer, but shorter styles are trending particularly hard for 2021—what better way to reenter the world than with a fresh cut and consistent salon access? Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "33 Short Haircuts for Women to Try in 2021," 5 May 2021 The urge to support happy, full lives for the stars and never-quites of the sport attracts others in racing like Carstanjen. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Thoroughbred retirement farm rethinks debate about horse racing and its stars," 29 Apr. 2021 But the urge to start her own business gradually took over. Yue Wang, Forbes, "30 Under 30 Asia: These Startups Are Bringing Alternative Meat To The Region," 19 Apr. 2021 This urge to work together, to promote unity over division, comes from the still raw and painful memories of the 1994 genocide. Richard Quest And Joe Minihane, CNN, "The gleaming city that emerged from turmoil in the heart of Africa," 13 Apr. 2021 However, Wiggins and Ayala share the same birthday, and at 22, both could feel the urge to get a start on their professional careers. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, "Mark Turgeon and Maryland struck gold in the transfer portal. More big moves could still be coming. | ANALYSIS," 5 Apr. 2021 As rates creep up, some house hunters may feel the urge to move more quickly. Julia Carpenter, WSJ, "Buying a Home in 2021: How to Budget, Prepare for Bidding Wars and Surging Prices," 3 Apr. 2021 Akamine also noted that some of the young stars of ballet TikTok don’t feel the urge to seek institutional approval. New York Times, "On Ballet TikTok, a Place for Young Dancers to Be Real," 5 Feb. 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Urge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urge. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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