ur·​gent | \ˈər-jənt \

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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With a garbage truck of plastic dumped in the ocean every minute, the need to create that change is more urgent than ever. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 The goal is to have the ability to strike urgent, time sensitive targets virtually any place on Earth. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Submarines Will Soon Carry Tactical Nuclear Weapons," 26 July 2018 With the search for the team growing ever more urgent and complex on its sixth day, Lt. New York Times, "Thailand Cave Rescuers May Drill to Reach Soccer Team," 28 June 2018 The report says a centre-back is seen as more urgent, with Raphael Varane, Jerome Boateng, Kalidou Koulibaly, Toby Alderweireld, Milan Skriniar, Alessio Romagnoli, Jose Gimenez and Caglar Soyuncu apparently named on an eight-man shortlist. SI.com, "Man Utd Prioritising Other Targets as Proposed Move for Alex Sandro Takes a Back Seat," 12 June 2018 The earnest cub reporter from Massachusetts had an urgent question for his New Jersey newspaper editor. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "New Jersey's county freeholders come and go. But the title of freeholder should stay | Kevin Riordan," 5 June 2018 There are conversations on Pose that I’ve never been seen on mainstream scripted television; if the show is a little urgent, a little simple and exuberant in its messaging, so be it. Richard Lawson, HWD, "Pose Is Bold, Necessary Melodrama," 30 May 2018 At times like these, be your own boss and set a non-negotiable deadline for yourself -- the more urgent, the better. Dorothy Mitchell, USA TODAY, "11 Actionable Productivity Hacks for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs," 21 May 2018 The problem came to a head Friday afternoon when she was summoned to the White House for some urgent questions, particularly on her role in the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques. Anchorage Daily News, "Gina Haspel, nominee to head CIA, sought to withdraw over questions about her role in agency interrogation program," 6 May 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 \

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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