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.
Recent Examples on the Web Keeping the Russians from seizing Maryinka has grown more urgent. Sudarsan Raghavan, Anchorage Daily News, 21 May 2022 Such factors, however, only make the need for independent voices more urgent. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 21 May 2022 Keeping the Russians from seizing Maryinka has grown more urgent. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, 21 May 2022 Now, as the need for energy independence and security grow more urgent in the U.S., algae still isn’t being produced at a scale large enough to power cars, planes or anything else that requires energy. Melina Walling, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2022 With a total debt of $35 million, the quest gets more urgent each day, said Curtis James, the chief executive officer. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 But Ferrer’s message seemed to take a more urgent tone this week, with coronavirus-positive hospitalizations rising 29% in the last week, to 312 as of Sunday. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 In the GoFundMe page established in early 2020 to help with her mounting healthcare costs, updates referenced how Mancuso's battle with Alzheimer's and subsequent December 2021 death made Peterson's situation more urgent. Dan Heching, PEOPLE.com, 16 May 2022 Records of the 911 calls obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show 911 operators labeled the call as a lower-level emergency, meaning other more urgent calls could take precedence. Ariel Hart, ajc, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Urgent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urgent. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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