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

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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

Mr Mnuchin wants to begin recapitalisation soon, and has urged Congress to agree to more far-reaching reforms. The Economist, "Business this week," 14 Sep. 2019 In China itself, the Reuters news agency quoted unnamed business executives saying the country was urging companies to take more of an active role in Hong Kong, including stepping up investment and asserting more control of companies. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Hong Kong protesters form human chain as government offers concessions," 13 Sep. 2019 Japanese tech giant SoftBank, the largest investor in We Company, is also said to have urged the coworking space firm to delay its IPO. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "The IPO market is heating up but investors are shunning unprofitable companies," 13 Sep. 2019 The placement of these shelves urges a reader to pick up a good book and start reading. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore’s Pratt Central Library emerges from renovation with its beauties intact," 13 Sep. 2019 At an opening event Friday, Stephanie Phair, chairwoman of the British Fashion Council, said the industry is urging Britain's government to find a Brexit deal rather than leave the European Union without new arrangements in place. Fortune, "British Fashion Officials Warn of Financial Woes From a No-Deal Brexit," 13 Sep. 2019 Renee Bracey Sherman, a reproductive justice activist who created the hashtag #AskAboutAbortion during the 2016 primaries, called on the networks hosting debates to do better, and urged candidates to use their platforms, and not just after the fact. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "Abortion Wasn't Mentioned Once in the 3rd Democratic Debate," 13 Sep. 2019 In a positive gesture, Tshisekedi pardoned seven hundred political prisoners and urged politicians in exile to return. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, "A Top Leader of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Political Opposition Returns," 12 Sep. 2019 Two bellwether cases in Ohio are set for trial in October, and the federal judge presiding over the consolidated opioid cases has been urging parties to settle. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Purdue Pharma offers billions to settle opioids lawsuits. Some states say it’s not enough," 11 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Despite strong warnings by state officials before Hurricane Dorian — and every recent hurricane, for that matter — some merchants apparently can’t resist the urge to make a few extra bucks off frightened preppers. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "More than 2,400 price gouging complaints made as Dorian approached Florida," 3 Sep. 2019 Pippa resisted an urge to touch the gray plastic of the tray table. Anne Enright, The New Yorker, "The Weight," 29 Aug. 2019 And when negative talk is happening around you, resist the urge to jump in and participate. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "How to complain less and feel better at work," 20 Aug. 2019 For all of its fantastical foolishness, Los Espookys is, at its heart, a comedy about friendship, following your passions, and fighting the urge to fit in. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "A love letter to Los Espookys, TV's most delightful freak show," 3 July 2019 Jackie fights the urge to hide behind the fence, to pretend she’s not at home. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award finalist: "Nothing Less Than 20,000 Watts" by Susan Finch," 2 June 2018 Resist the urge to rationalize, period, if something doesn’t feel right. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: What if my future self thinks my spouse is laughably wrong?," 19 Aug. 2019 Resist the urge to rationalize, period, if something doesn’t feel right. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Ready for a long-term bond? The answer is tethered to the unknown.," 18 Aug. 2019 Anyone else suddenly have the urge to go back to school? Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "How Indiana University students can work at home for Apple," 16 Jan. 2018

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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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