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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Recent Examples on the Web All of the centers will be open seven days a week and provide treatment for injuries, illnesses and conditions that are urgent, but non-life threatening. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Huntsville Hospital, urgent care centers enter into partnership," 8 Nov. 2019 Because of the threat posed by Venezuela, the consolidation of internal peace has become even more urgent. The Economist, "Colombia’s unquiet border with Venezuela," 2 Nov. 2019 The situation became more urgent after Lois Wadsworth entered a residential center in Farmington about a year ago. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "‘It’s sad, very, very sad.’ After 350 years in the family, Farmington’s Wadsworths auctioning off historic farmhouse," 1 Nov. 2019 The question of the nation’s election integrity has rarely been more urgent. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "The Market for Voting Machines Is Broken. This Company Has Thrived in It.," 28 Oct. 2019 The situation is more urgent in Picayune Strand State Forest. Mac Stone, National Geographic, "Florida’s rare ghost orchids are getting cut off from water," 25 Oct. 2019 The fight for democracy has become more urgent, more controversial -- but potentially less achievable, as China's economic rise gives Beijing more political power to resist democracy. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Why pro-democracy troublemaker Jimmy Lai is the only Hong Kong multi-millionaire standing up to China," 27 Aug. 2019 Nonetheless, the cases suggest that this urgent, individualized intervention can play a role in efforts to prevent mass shootings, in health care settings and elsewhere. Los Angeles Times, "California’s ‘red flag’ law might be helping to reduce mass shooting risk, study says," 19 Aug. 2019 The issue became urgent when Hitler wanted to run in the 1932 German presidential election. Klaus Meyer, Quartz, "How to prevent a fascist takeover: Lessons from the Nazi party’s rise to power," 17 Aug. 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
How to pronounce urgent (audio)

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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