ur·​gent | \ ˈər-jənt How to pronounce urgent (audio) \

Definition of urgent

1a : calling for immediate attention : pressing urgent appeals an urgent need
b : conveying a sense of urgency
2 : urging insistently : importunate

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Other Words from urgent

urgently adverb

Examples of urgent in a Sentence

We've come to deliver an urgent message. an urgent appeal for assistance He addressed us in an urgent manner. An urgent voice came over the intercom, telling us to leave the building immediately.
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The investigation became more urgent in 2016 after a Canadian woman driving a Hyundai was killed by shrapnel from an ARC inflator. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Driver hurt by air bag shrapnel as investigation drags on," 20 Feb. 2019 As the national dialogue regarding gun violence grows more contentious with each new tragedy, a singular question has grown increasingly urgent: Where are all of the guns coming from? Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, "The Gun Show Loophole, Explained," 26 July 2018 The victims went to an urgent-care center, where 911 was called. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "‘Evil’ home invaders held a child under hot water to force his dad to give them money, police say," 27 June 2018 The crossing to Israel at Erez is open only to some businessmen, people needing urgent medical care and a few others (see chart). The Economist, "Deadly protests on Gaza’s border with Israel," 17 May 2018 From there, the company continued to diversify, adding urgent-care chain MedExpress for $1.5 billion in 2015 and Surgical Care Affiliates, which runs outpatient surgery centers, for $2.3 billion last year. Zachary Tracer, Bloomberg.com, "30,000 Strong and Counting, UnitedHealth Gathers a Doctor Army," 9 Apr. 2018 Under Pennsylvania’s new research program, eight health systems — medical schools affiliated with an urgent-care hospital — will be able to choose a marijuana producer, Collins said. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "Pa. medical marijuana program to balloon, add research," 22 Mar. 2018 That suggests the government will not be faced with an urgent need to shrink the debt. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Worry About Debt? Not So Fast, Some Economists Say," 17 Feb. 2019 In between were portraits of Cézanne’s wife and son; an urgent, unfinished commissioned portrait; and much, much more. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "The Best Art of 2018: Diving Into the Beauty of the Past to Escape a Hectic Present," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of urgent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for urgent

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin urgent-, urgens, present participle of urgēre

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English Language Learners Definition of urgent

: very important and needing immediate attention
: showing that something is very important and needs immediate attention


ur·​gent | \ ˈər-jənt How to pronounce urgent (audio) \

Kids Definition of urgent

1 : calling for immediate action an urgent need
2 : having or showing a sense of requiring immediate action She spoke in an urgent voice.

Other Words from urgent

urgently adverb

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