ur·​gen·​cy | \ ˈər-jən(t)-sē How to pronounce urgency (audio) \
plural urgencies

Definition of urgency

1 : the quality or state of being urgent : insistence
2 : a force or impulse that impels or constrains : urge

Examples of urgency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lily’s death adds a layer of urgency to every secret. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "‘Blackbird’ review: Susan Sarandon at center of story about grace in death," 16 Sep. 2020 This is kind of what Eoin was bringing up, this question of urgency to reduce the emissions. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "US election 2020: A closer look at climate change (audio)," 16 Sep. 2020 Now that the pads are on, Tullos knows the sense of urgency needs to increase. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Oilers coach wants team careful but ready," 11 Sep. 2020 There should be a little bit of a sense of urgency to do that. Angel Franco, Dallas News, "Dallas Wings hang around, can’t hold on against dominant Seattle Storm in loss," 10 Sep. 2020 Many of the attacks try to create a sense of urgency by making people think information or financial accounts are at risk. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Eviction problems, student pushback, coastal rental boom: News from around our 50 states," 9 Sep. 2020 Amid the pandemic, racial unrest and growing inequality, there is a mounting sense of urgency that has characterized Francis' words in recent months, suggesting that, for the Argentine pontiff, the time for waiting is over. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Pope Francis launches his post-COVID agenda with announcement of new encyclical," 8 Sep. 2020 But after Floyd’s death, Coleman felt a sense of urgency. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The whole country's watching now': After 100 days marching, Milwaukee protesters want to live up to the past and change the future," 5 Sep. 2020 Our kids came out in the second half with a great sense of urgency. al, "Austin scores 29 in the second half, pulls away from Florence 42-28," 5 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of urgency

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of urgency was in 1540

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20 Sep 2020

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“Urgency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urgency. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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ur·​gen·​cy | \ ˈər-jən-sē How to pronounce urgency (audio) \

Kids Definition of urgency

: the quality or state of requiring immediate action or attention “Let's get out of here!” he said with a sense of urgency.


ur·​gen·​cy | \ ˈər-jən-sē How to pronounce urgency (audio) \
plural urgencies

Medical Definition of urgency

: a sudden compelling need to urinate or defecate

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