urgent

adjective
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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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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Nearly 30 years later that conversation has morphed into an urgent, divisive dialogue about the ravages of unchecked global warming. Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, "Who brought a 36-foot orb into Disney Hall for ‘Atlas’? Yup, that guy again," 10 June 2019 Gavi provided urgent supplies for a three-dose immunization program for children aged 7 to 15 throughout the camp. Gaia Vince, Quartz, "How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp," 8 June 2019 Soon, inspectors were writing increasingly urgent missives to management. Julie Satow, New York Times, "The Widows of the Plaza Hotel," 7 June 2019 City attorneys cited the incident to support their argument for urgent legal intervention. Sarah Sarder, Dallas News, "Days after fatal South Dallas shootout, judge grants temporary restraining order on Jim's Car Wash," 6 June 2019 Children around the globe have been marching by the thousands, asking for urgent action on climate change. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: You don’t have to fly to DC to have a voice on climate," 6 June 2019 Ronnie Citron-Fink is the editorial director for the Environmental Defense Fund’s Moms Clean Air Force, a national organization of over a million people uniting to protect children’s health by combating the urgent crisis of climate change. Longreads, "True Roots," 5 June 2019 The state legislature adjourned its annual session earlier this year but can be recalled to the state capital by the governor to consider urgent legislation. Ed O'keefe, CBS News, "Virginia Gov. Northam to recall legislators to consider new gun legislation," 4 June 2019 The man who stabbed him was never charged; the entire case didn’t seem urgent to the police, and I was let down by their response. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "Sunny Hostin Shares the Shocking Reason She Ended Up On TV," 20 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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urgent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of urgent

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

urgent

adjective
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.

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