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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Other Words from urge

Verb

urger noun

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 While the summer months might seem like a time to socialize, health experts urge people not to attend crowded events. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Police break up party with nearly 300 people in New Jersey," 10 Aug. 2020 Which is why election officials including Neal Kelley, the registrar in Orange County, California, urge transparency measures for ballot counting such as live video streaming and obligatory audits. Star Tribune, "Vote-by-mail worries: A 'leaky pipeline' in many states," 8 Aug. 2020 On a day in late June, Navajo and Pueblo tribal activists met virtually with EPA and White House officials to urge them to reverse a decision that would weaken rules governing the release of methane at oil and gas wells. Jean Chemnick, Scientific American, "Methane Cloud Sitting over U.S. Southwest Threatens Indigenous Residents," 6 Aug. 2020 Last week, Cavil traveled with about two dozen Black Lives Matter activists to Reynolds' events in Steamboat Rock and Ackley to again urge her to sign the executive order. Stephen Gruber-miller, USA TODAY, "Iowa governor says her driver who struck Black Lives Matter protester 'acted appropriately'," 9 July 2020 Instead of feeling comforted by the polls, operatives urge activists to vote, knock on doors, make phone calls, and engage in other activities. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "‘Ignore the polls’: Democrats warn Biden lead over Trump creates false confidence," 8 June 2020 Officials urge all Mount Evans visitors to follow state and local orders regarding recreation, the release said. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Opening of Mount Evans Highway to vehicle traffic pushed back by coronavirus," 6 May 2020 Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi on Sunday defended the decision to allow the concert, saying efforts were made to limit the crowd-size to 5,000 people and messages were broadcast to urge them to distance. BostonGlobe.com, "Coronavirus surge in Eastern Europe prompts new restrictions," 12 July 2020 Texas continues to see record COVID-19 case increases that have led county and state officials to place restrictions on reopening, blast businesses that are ignoring state health protocols and urge the public to stay home as much as possible. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for June 30," 30 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As guests come and go, resist the urge to hug, shake hands or high-five. Marni Jameson | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Having a few friends over? Use these 12 tips to help keep everyone safe," 11 Aug. 2020 Resist the urge to catch up on job issues or the thousand or so chores that cross your mind. cleveland, "Staycations 101: How to save money on a vacation at home," 9 Aug. 2020 There's something about spending time indoors that brings on an urge to nest. Sarah Han, Allure, "The Best Beauty Deals to Shop During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 5 Aug. 2020 In breeding season, females can produce an egg every two days, and the urge to make the egg fertile is insistent. National Geographic, "They may look goofy, but ostriches are nobody’s fool," 4 Aug. 2020 Resist the urge to jump online first thing in the morning. Angela Serratore, House Beautiful, "5 Ways to Stay Productive at Home, Meaningfully," 26 May 2020 Nothing feels more like summer than July, and though yes, summer looks different this year, to say the least, the urge to sport a look is stronger than ever after months of being married to loungewear. Jamila Stewart, Essence, "30 Black Fashionistas To Follow On Instagram," 8 July 2020 Poring over picture postcards, or suppressing the urge to book a plane ticket? Jen Rose Smith, Washington Post, "These epic travel disasters will take the edge off your wanderlust," 10 July 2020 And at a time of deep political divisions, with public opinion of the court increasingly split along partisan lines, yesterday’s decisions may reinforce the perception that the high court is resisting the urge to join the political fray. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Law School 101’: How Supreme Court ended its term," 10 July 2020

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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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The first known use of urge was circa 1555

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Last Updated

13 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Urge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urge. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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urge

verb
How to pronounce urge (audio)

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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