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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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 At the same time, activists urge Georgians to swear off of hometown products to express our outrage. Andrew Kugle, Fox News, 28 May 2021 Advocates like Lisa Thurau, founder of Strategies for Youth, which trains police officers to interact with children and tracks use-of-force lawsuits, have worked for years to urge lawmakers to prioritize such training. NBC News, 26 May 2021 Organizers urge everyone to continue to celebrate and observe Pride Month in June, as well as explore LGBTQ history in the symbolic month of October, paying tribute to the activists of the past that have made progress possible. Maya Mokh, chicagotribune.com, 26 May 2021 Chamber members urge residents to show your support for restaurants in our communities. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 21 May 2021 Authorities urge people to avoid the Topanga Canyon area. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2021 Unlike the American Dream and Promise Act, which also passed the House Thursday by a slim majority, Republican House leaders did not urge other GOP lawmakers to vote against the bill. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2021 Roberts says California House Democratic Rep. Jim Bates attempted to urge GOP lawmakers to pressure one of their own House incumbents, who lost by under 1,000 votes that cycle, to file a petition to contest the race. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, 25 Dec. 2020 Severe disease is rare among children with COVID-19, but health experts still urge parents to get their kids vaccinated as severe disease, hospitalizations and deaths do occur. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 19 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Elsewhere, the urge to emphasize Brooke’s power came out in her wardrobe’s embrace of color. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 28 May 2021 Schweitzer is far from the only traveler with the pent-up urge to explore the world in a big way. refinery29.com, 20 May 2021 This same urge exists at the workplace today, said Khalil Smith, vice president of inclusion, diversity, and engagement. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Apr. 2021 Musk’s urge to go to Mars is caused in part by the way previous generations of explorers have colonized and exploited resources around the world. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 26 Apr. 2021 So, there wasn't the ethical urge to make sure that they were covered. Susan Rinkunas, Marie Claire, 13 Apr. 2021 Needless to say, pregnancy doesn't disqualify you from boredom, nor the urge to make a big beauty change. Marci Robin, Allure, 2 Mar. 2021 There’s also the violent urge to stick your hand into the box and feel the rubber tubes press their bulbous tips against your palms. Sophie Madeline Dess, The New Republic, 18 May 2021 The urge to fashion a hermetic, horizontal world of comfort and concentration, a kind of capitalist monastery, runs from early corporate campuses of the 1940s and ’50s to the low-rise tech landscape of Silicon Valley. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 26 Apr. 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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3 Jun 2021

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“Urge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urge. Accessed 14 Jun. 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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