urgency

noun
ur·gen·cy | \ˈər-jən(t)-sē \
plural urgencies

Definition of urgency 

1 : the quality or state of being urgent : insistence

2 : a force or impulse that impels or constrains : urge

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But under Trump, Jiménez said her work has taken on a new urgency. Abigail Simon, Time, "'Yes, We Can Change the World.' How One Activist is Fighting for Immigration Reform," 13 July 2018 The examination took on new urgency after The New York Times and other organizations reported in March that Cambridge Analytica, which was based in London, had improperly gathered the data of up to 87 million Facebook users. Adam Satariano And Sheera Frenkel, BostonGlobe.com, "Facebook is fined by British agency over Cambridge Analytica data leak," 11 July 2018 Trice was always interested in education policy work, and law school was a possibility someday, but after his tough first year, that took on more urgency. Philly.com, "A former drug dealer made good and became a Philly teacher. So why is he thinking of leaving the profession?," 11 July 2018 The examination took on new urgency after The New York Times and other organizations reported in March that Cambridge Analytica, which was based in London, had improperly gathered the data of up to 87 million Facebook users. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Facebook Is Fined in Britain Over Cambridge Analytica Data Leak," 10 July 2018 The clinic was so overbooked the receptionist told me you just had to show up and wait all day to be seen based on urgency. Minda Honey, Longreads, "The Power in Knowing: Black Women, HIV, and the Realities of Safe Sex," 19 June 2018 Their calls for action took on new urgency in 2016 after a viral video showed an officer at REACH Partnership School slapping and kicking a student inside the building. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore school board to vote on new policies for police officers," 11 June 2018 After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School murders in February, the controversy took on new urgency. Brittany Wallman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Gun show operator willing to move from War Memorial," 8 May 2018 But this year's speech comes as the issue of gun violence takes on new urgency after one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. Catherine Lucey, San Antonio Express-News, "After flirting with gun-control movement, Trump faces NRA," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of urgency

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to urgency

a matter of urgency/importance

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urgency

noun
ur·gen·cy | \ˈər-jən-sē \

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.

urgency

noun
ur·gen·cy | \ˈər-jən-sē \
plural urgencies

Medical Definition of urgency 

: a sudden compelling need to urinate or defecate

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