urgency

noun
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 The further removed from the first news cycle Washington inches, the less urgency anyone can muster on the Hill. Philip Elliott, Time, 19 May 2022 The White House urgency to rescue Havana is ripe for Congressional questions. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 19 May 2022 The Warriors got off to a strong start and played with a sense of urgency absent in Wednesday’s loss. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 May 2022 Leaders need to step up to the challenge by creating opportunities for everyone to act with climate urgency in new and innovative ways. Kotter, Forbes, 5 May 2022 That uptick in buyer urgency should be a short-term boost to the market. Fortune, 23 Mar. 2022 Sensing urgency to strike a deal in time to accommodate M.L.B.’s timeline for the season, the sides met in Florida starting Feb. 21 for what turned into nine straight days of negotiating. James Wagner, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2022 Washington — Nearly half of the 500 million free COVID-19 tests the Biden administration recently made available to the public still haven't been claimed as virus cases plummet and people feel less urgency to test. CBS News, 28 Feb. 2022 Nearly half of the 500 million free COVID-19 tests the Biden administration recently made available to the public still have not been claimed as virus cases plummet and people feel less urgency to test. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, chicagotribune.com, 27 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

24 May 2022

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“Urgency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urgency. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for urgency

urgency

noun
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.

urgency

noun
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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