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 Harlan Krogh, an attorney for the Seversons, urged the justices to answer the question the 9th Circuit posed: Whether Montana law says dinosaur fossils constitute minerals when someone is retaining the mineral rights to a property. Author: Amy Beth Hanson, Anchorage Daily News, "Millions at stake in dinosaur fight: Are fossils minerals?," 8 Nov. 2019 In August, the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change released an alarming report that urged a radical rethinking of how humans produce food if there’s to be any hope of reversing climate change. Wired, "The Race to Bring Meat Alternatives to Scale," 8 Nov. 2019 Harlan Krogh, an attorney for the Seversons, urged the justices to answer the question the 9th Circuit posed: Whether Montana law says dinosaur fossils constitute minerals when someone is retaining the mineral rights to a property. Amy Beth Hanson, chicagotribune.com, "Millions of dollars are at stake for a Montana ranching couple after the discovery of two fossilized ‘dueling dinosaur’ skeletons," 7 Nov. 2019 From his Columbus, Ohio, church, pastor Washington Gladden became famous for urging greater protection for workers and the poor. David Mislin, The Conversation, "How Pete Buttigieg is reviving the pragmatic, progressive ideals of the Social Gospel movement," 7 Nov. 2019 Likelihood rating: 6/10 Rangers are also keen, with new director of football Ross Wilson said to be a big fan of Hickey and urging Steven Gerrard to secure his services. SI.com, "Aaron Hickey: The Contenders to Sign the Hearts Wonderkid & Who He Might Join," 3 Nov. 2019 Each passerby was urged to grab a free shirt to wear inside on the convention floor. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "BlizzCon Fan Event Swarmed by Pro-Hong Kong Protesters," 1 Nov. 2019 But the organization stops short of urging physicians to deny such procedures. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "A Test With No Answer," 30 Oct. 2019 On Wednesday, travelers are urged check the status of flights before leaving for the airport and to arrive early, at least two hours before takeoff, Williams said. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Denver shivering in snow and cold, Tuesday’s high temp was lowest on record for date," 29 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Others have naturally felt an urge to justify their choice to themselves and to others: to minimize his faults, to look away from them, to grow resentful of those who keep dwelling on them. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "Character Effects," 7 Nov. 2019 Part of the answer comes from an urge to be like Rodgers and Wilson. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Why Ohio State football’s Justin Fields said Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers are his favorite quarterbacks," 29 Oct. 2019 Nana had gotten an urge to roast a pig for her birthday. Illyanna Maisonet, SFChronicle.com, "Making sausage an art in Puerto Rico, and a treasured memory in a California childhood," 23 Oct. 2019 The dust was high and the sun was low, but PillowTalk’s funky grooves attracted dancers at that purgatorial time of day when the energy lost after a day in the sun commingled with the urge to continue dancing. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "Breakdancing, Bingo & Bass: The 10 Best Moments of Dirtybird Campout West Coast 2019," 7 Oct. 2019 There is, particularly with respect to our modern consumption habits online, an urge to enshrine the flicker, that momentary and unexpected gasp of genuine wonder. Wired, "Depth of Field: Jennifer Lopez Once Again Enchants in a Viral Versace Dress," 26 Sep. 2019 Although Borello doesn’t say so outright, people with cafes to go to might perhaps feel less of an urge to head back to makeshift camps that popped up on town and village roundabouts across France during the yellow vest movement. John Leicester, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Perk up: France resuscitates dying villages 1 cafe at a time," 23 Sep. 2019 Most people who’ve been jabbed by a needle know the drill: First the pierce, then the sharp, searing pain and an urge to pull away, or at least wince. National Geographic, "Newly discovered organ may be lurking under your skin," 15 Aug. 2019 This fall, though, jewel tones are coming in strong, and with them, an urge to swap safe shades for vibrant amethyst, sapphire, and ruby. Glamour Beauty Editors, Glamour, "Prepare to Want Jewel Tone Eyeshadow This Fall," 3 Aug. 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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12 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for urge

The first known use of urge was circa 1555

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urge

verb
How to pronounce urge (audio)

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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