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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Adding to the urgency is a summit meeting on Monday between Mr. Putin and President Trump in Helsinki, where Iran and Syria are expected to be on the agenda. New York Times, "Netanyahu Says Putin Agreed to Restrain Iran in Syria," 12 July 2018 Despite elation over the rescues and rising hope in this Southeast Asian nation, a downpour overnight and predicted torrential rains illustrated the urgency of the rescue effort. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "Divers rescue more boys from flooded Thailand cave, raising total saved to eight, while four boys and coach remain trapped," 9 July 2018 The potential for rising water and the dwindling oxygen levels added to the urgency of getting the team out. Author: Tassanee Vejpongsa, Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Anchorage Daily News, "4 rescued from Thai cave in risky operation; 9 remain inside," 9 July 2018 The potential for rising water and the dwindling oxygen levels added to the urgency of getting the team out. Tassanee Vejpongsa And Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Houston Chronicle, "4 rescued from Thai cave in risky operation; 9 remain inside," 9 July 2018 That along with dwindling oxygen levels, added to the urgency of getting the team out. Tassanee Vejpongsa And Kaweewit Kaewjinda, BostonGlobe.com, "The hidden, high-tech world of communications at Fenway Park," 8 July 2018 As the Union continue to chase the playoffs, the urgency of C.J. Sapong’s goal drought continues to grow. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Union's Jim Curtin backs C.J. Sapong again amid 10-game goal drought," 5 July 2018 The growing pressure on government coffers adds to the urgency of action, especially as Orpo warns that the current recovery in economic growth may be over soon. Raine Tiessalo, Bloomberg.com, "Debt Fears Are Mounting for the Euro Zone's Only Nordic Member," 11 June 2018 Abbott, backed by Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton, cited the urgency of the district’s ongoing recovery from Hurricane Harvey. Kevin Diaz, San Antonio Express-News, "Gov. Abbott demands Farenthold pay for special election to fill his vacated seat," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of urgency

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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