urge

verb
\ ˈərj How to pronounce urge (audio) \
urged; urging

Definition of urge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to present, advocate, or demand earnestly or pressingly his conviction was upheld on a theory never urged at his … trial— Leon Friedman
2 : to undertake the accomplishment of with energy, swiftness, or enthusiasm urge the attack
3a : solicit, entreat urged him to keep trying
b : to serve as a motive or reason for urged by a sense of duty
4 : to force or impel in an indicated direction or into motion or greater speed the dog urged the sheep toward the gate
5 : stimulate, provoke urge not my father's anger— William Shakespeare

intransitive verb

: to declare, advance, or press earnestly a statement, argument, charge, or claim urged for the adoption of the proposal

urge

noun

Definition of urge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of urging
2 : a force or impulse that urges especially : a continuing impulse toward an activity or goal

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Examples of urge in a Sentence

Verb

He is continually urging reform. The rescuers urged that we remain calm. an editorial urging readers to vote I urge you to reconsider. A hand on her back urged her forward.

Noun

the urge for something sweet He fought the urge to cry.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Many members of Trump’s Republican Party and business allies have urged him to reconsider — or at least postpone actually implementing the tariffs as talks continue — citing the potential harm to American consumers and manufactures. Jill Colvin, Time, "Mexico Tariffs To Go Ahead as Planned, Says White House as Talks Continue," 7 June 2019 Anyone with information regarding the death of Jacobsen is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS. Elaine Aradillas, PEOPLE.com, "Remains of Missing N.Y. Woman Are ID'd in Florida — and Police Think She Was Possibly Murdered," 7 June 2019 Many members of Trump's Republican Party and business allies have urged him to reconsider — or at least postpone actually implementing the tariffs as talks continue — citing the potential harm to American consumers and manufactures. chicagotribune.com, "President Trump: 'Good chance' now for tariff deal with Mexico," 7 June 2019 Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or svcrimestoppers.org. Mark Gomez, The Mercury News, "San Jose police investigate fatal shooting in Alum Rock neighborhood," 6 June 2019 Anyone with information is urged to call 713-222-TIPS (8477). Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Police searching for armed suspects caught on camera robbing southwest Houston cell phone store," 6 June 2019 Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Feds recall prosciutto-topped frozen pizza out of NYC for lack of inspection," 6 June 2019 Chinese students abroad were urged Monday to assess the risks involved given tightened visa restrictions. Times Wire Reports, latimes.com, "China warns against U.S. travel, threatening luxury goods makers that rely on tourists," 4 June 2019 Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Gregory Fayson of the Lake/Gary Metro Homicide Unit at 219-755-3852. Post-tribune Staff, Post-Tribune, "Gary police investigating car passenger's shooting death early Saturday," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But was the granny panty’s return about satisfying a nostalgic urge women had to relax in the underwear their grandmothers might have worn? Shira Feder, Vox, "The rise of granny panties," 5 June 2019 An irresistible urge to move your legs won’t allow you any peace. Kristin Auble, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome," 16 Mar. 2019 Does this suggest an anarchic youthful urge to transcend oppressive barriers or to reinforce them? Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Are Hate-Crime Laws Helping?," 22 Feb. 2019 Sometimes that’s the only way to satisfy the inexplicable and infuriating urge to move that sets in every night before bed, making sleep impossible. Sarah Gantz, Philly.com, "The high cost of getting a good night's sleep," 6 June 2018 And that urge presents itself seemingly every mile or two, each time there's a gap in traffic and a cop-free sight line. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "I Took a Road Trip in a Supercar," 2 Feb. 2016 Yes, taking an over-the-counter allergy med like Benadryl or Zyrtec can also reduce the urge to itch, according to Dr. Wattenberg. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Your Sunburn Itches — And How to Stop It," 19 Apr. 2019 These places are the new focus of our interest, of our primal urge to walk over the next ridge and see what’s there. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 2018 The trick is to resist the urge to slather it all over your face. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "Tatcha’s The Silk Canvas Makeup Primer Makes My Skin Look Airbrushed," 27 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of urge

Verb

circa 1555, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for urge

Verb

Latin urgēre to press, push, entreat — more at wreak

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urge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of urge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to ask people to do or support (something) in a way that shows that you believe it is very important
: to try to persuade (someone) in a serious way to do something
: to use force or pressure to move (someone or something) in a particular direction or at a particular speed

urge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of urge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong need or desire to have or do something

urge

verb
\ ˈərj How to pronounce urge (audio) \
urged; urging

Kids Definition of urge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to try to get (something) accepted : argue in favor of She's always urging reform.
2 : to try to convince He urged his guests to stay.
3 : force entry 2 sense 1, drive His dog urged the sheep onward.

urge

noun

Kids Definition of urge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong desire She had the urge to laugh.

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