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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang added Monday that Hong Kong's most urgent task is to restore order that has been increasingly shaky as protesters continue to clash with police. NBC News, "China issues stern response to landslide victory of Hong Kong pro-democracy forces," 25 Nov. 2019 Lawmakers called for an urgent review of the arrangement this month after the report claimed that only Chinese engineers had access to key elements of the system, and that power could in theory be deactivated remotely on Beijing's orders. James Griffiths, CNN, "China can shut off the Philippines' power grid at any time, leaked report warns," 25 Nov. 2019 Urgent Plan of ActionThe need for a comprehensive plan of action to alleviate the plight of the Yazidis by resettling them in their ancient homeland is desperate and urgent. Alon Ben-meir, National Review, "The Yazidis’ Crisis Continues to Unfold — Ending It Is a Moral Imperative," 25 Nov. 2019 Catholic church leaders called an urgent meeting of the country’s main political forces on that Monday, Nov. 11, to decide who should take the reins. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "How an Unknown Female Senator Came to Replace the Bolivian Strongman Evo Morales," 24 Nov. 2019 Indeed, the drivers are more likely to ignore the alerts if the situation is urgent and the next available hospital is too far away. John Diedrich, jsonline.com, "Some busy hospitals say they must turn away ambulances. Here's how one state banned the practice," 22 Nov. 2019 Escalating conflicts in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger have created a humanitarian crisis in which 2.4m people need urgent food aid, said the UN’s World Food Programme. The Economist, "Politics this week," 21 Nov. 2019 That included providing urgent medical assistance and alerting the local authorities, who immediately arrested the suspect, a guest in the resort. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'Beaten, strangled and unconscious': Canadian woman says she was attacked in Mexico hotel room," 21 Nov. 2019 Yet the challenges, problems, concerns and questions highlighted have only grown more numerous, complicated and urgent in the past ten years. Tim Hoiles, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: City officials must heed the red flags flying over Colorado’s special districts," 20 Nov. 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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The first known use of urgent was in the 15th century

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“Urgent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urgent?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=u&file=urgent01. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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