urgent

adjective ur·gent \ ˈər-jənt \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of urgent

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

urgently

adverb

Examples of urgent in a Sentence

  1. We've come to deliver an urgent message.

  2. an urgent appeal for assistance

  3. He addressed us in an urgent manner.

  4. An urgent voice came over the intercom, telling us to leave the building immediately.

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Origin and Etymology of urgent

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


URGENT Defined for English Language Learners

urgent

adjective

Definition of urgent for English Language Learners

  • : very important and needing immediate attention

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


URGENT Defined for Kids

urgent

adjective ur·gent \ ˈər-jənt \

Definition of urgent for Students

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

urgently

adverb


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