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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Recent Examples on the Web But now Versiti says there's an urgent need for new donations — especially of O-negative blood, the universal blood type used in trauma situations. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Why hospitals urgently need blood donations at this point in the pandemic," 12 May 2020 To keep our community informed of the most urgent coronavirus news, our critical updates are free to read. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, ExpressNews.com, "The ‘COVID cliff’: Patients quickly get very ill — even after being stable," 12 May 2020 The International Monetary Fund on Monday approved Egypt’s request for $2.77 billion in emergency funding to help the government meet urgent budget needs related to the pandemic. Salma El Wardany, Bloomberg.com, "Wheat’s Biggest Buyer Builds Stockpile to Battle Virus," 12 May 2020 There is an urgent need to simplify labour laws making it much easier and transparent for entrepreneurs to hire contractual labour. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Marketing, discounts, expansion: What craft beer maker Simba is axing to recover lost ground," 3 May 2020 To keep our community informed of the most urgent coronavirus news, our critical updates are free to read. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "A last resort against COVID-19," 26 Apr. 2020 To keep our community informed of the most urgent coronavirus news, The San Francisco Chronicle’s critical updates are free to read. Jason Fagone, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus live updates: Curry lauds sacrifice, selflessness of NY-bound UCSF health workers," 11 Apr. 2020 Rizga: What are the most urgent things districts, government officials, and the business community can do to make this transition as smooth as possible in the next three weeks? Kristina Rizga, The Atlantic, "Teaching Writing—From Behind a Screen," 6 Apr. 2020 Despite the uncertainty, some health experts say the virus spreads so quickly and stealthily that there is an urgent need for new mechanisms to combat it. New York Times, "A Scramble for Virus Apps That Do No Harm," 29 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of urgent was in the 15th century

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16 May 2020

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“Urgent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urgent. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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