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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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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And perhaps none of those issues are more urgent right now than the migrant crisis at the border, with lots of challenges and very few answers. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 7, 2019," 7 July 2019 Volunteers were trained as social workers to address urgent basic needs for people in crisis and, most importantly, to help each person develop their own plan for self-sufficiency. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From a goal to help globally to a calling to help locally," 7 July 2019 But the book’s insights are especially urgent this summer, as the American president ramps up his attacks on the American press in ways that are at once democratically destructive and patently absurd. The Atlantic, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 28 June 2019 Passing on memories is especially urgent, with hundreds of World War II veterans now dying every day. Raf Casert And John Leicester, chicagotribune.com, "75th anniversary of D-Day: Nations honor veterans, memory of fallen troops," 6 June 2019 Passing on memories is especially urgent, with hundreds of World War II veterans now dying every day. John Leicester, Anchorage Daily News, "D-Day 75: Nations honor surviving veterans and memory of fallen troops in ceremony above Normandy beaches," 6 June 2019 In this win-win-win solution, the county will retain money to spend on urgent issues, such as housing and traffic problems. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Honor Ali via a contest for artwork by SJSU students," 19 June 2019 The decision allowed the city to earmark $3.3 million in the 2019-20 budget for what staff described as urgent maintenance needs. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "National City balances 2019-20 budget with fund balance," 6 June 2019 Identified as being in urgent need of replacement, the boilers - all over 30 years old - are being replaced by a new energy centre, which is anticipated to make carbon emission savings of 300 tonnes per year. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "New Photos of the Buckingham Palace Renovation Reveal What Queen Elizabeth's Residence Really Looks Like," 16 May 2019

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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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