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urged; urging

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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


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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Anyone with information about the crash, which remains under investigation, is urged to call Elk Grove police at 916-478-8153. Daniel Hunt, Sacramento Bee, 4 June 2024 At an early of stage of the Sunoco case, California joined with 12 other Democratic-leaning states in urging the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to keep the suit in Hawaii state court. David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2024
Called latchkey incontinence, this type of urge doesn’t have anything to do with how full your bladder is. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 June 2024 Bommer, who only has a few more weeks to live, rejects the notion that creating his chatbot was driven by an urge to become immortal. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for urge 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


circa 1555, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


circa 1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of urge was circa 1555

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Cite this Entry

“Urge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urge. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
urged; urging
: to ask for or support earnestly
continually urging reform
: to try to persuade
urge a guest to stay longer
: to force or drive to some course or activity (as greater speed)
riders urging their horses on


2 of 2 noun
: the act or process of urging
: a strong desire especially to achieve a goal
the urge to win

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