surge

verb
\ ˈsərj How to pronounce surge (audio) \
surged; surging

Essential Meaning of surge

1 : to move very quickly and suddenly in a particular direction We all surged toward the door. She surged past the other runners. See More ExamplesThoughts of what could happen were surging through his mind. She has been surging in the polls. [=she is quickly becoming more popular as a candidate]Hide
2 : to suddenly increase to an unusually high level Housing prices have surged in recent months. Interest in the sport has been surging.

Full Definition of surge

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intransitive verb

1 : to rise and fall actively : toss a ship surging in heavy seas
2 : to rise and move in waves or billows : swell the sea was surging
3 : to slip around a windlass, capstan, or bitts used especially of a rope
4 : to rise suddenly to an excessive or abnormal value the stock market surged to a record high
5 : to move with a surge or in surges felt the blood surging into his face— Harry Hervey she surged past the other runners

transitive verb

: to let go or slacken gradually surge a rope

surge

noun

Definition of surge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a swelling, rolling, or sweeping forward like that of a wave or series of waves a surge of interest
2a : a large wave or billow : swell
b(1) : a series of such swells or billows
(2) : the resulting elevation of water level
3a : a movement (such as a slipping or slackening) of a rope or cable
b : a sudden jerk or strain caused by such a movement
4 : a transient sudden rise of current or voltage in an electrical circuit

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Synonyms for surge

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of surge in a Sentence

Verb We all surged toward the door. She surged past the other runners. Thoughts of what could happen were surging through his mind. Housing prices have surged in recent months. Interest in the sport has been surging. Noun The sport is enjoying a surge in popularity. a surge of support for the candidate There was a sudden surge toward the door. There has been a surge of immigrants into the city.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meanwhile, the bitcoin price has continued to surge, topping $58,000 per bitcoin for the first time since bitcoin's China crackdown crash in May. Billy Bambrough, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Industry watchers say that interest has continued to surge during the pandemic. New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 The announcement of Rivkees’ departure comes at a time when COVID-19 cases have continued to surge, and the state ranks third in the country for daily average cases and deaths per 100,000 population. Angie Dimichele, sun-sentinel.com, 27 Aug. 2021 But making good on his promise proved difficult as the Taliban continued to surge, and an Islamic State affiliate emerged. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 23 Aug. 2021 Sircar worried that if the numbers continued to surge, the hospital might have to hold off on any surgeries that were not absolutely essential. Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2021 The Oregon Health Authority on Monday reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus, keeping the number of COVID-19 patients in the state to 14, as cases continued to surge elsewhere in the U.S. and around the world. oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2021 Spread of the virus has only continued to surge since then, prompting some experts to fear an uptick in transmission within the dozens of school districts that have made masking optional for all K-12 students. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021 The state’s positivity rate - or the percent of tests performed that come back positive for the coronavirus - also continued to surge upward. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 27 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Huffines, one of three GOP primary challengers Abbott is facing next year, has criticized the governor’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the surge of migrants at the state’s southern border. Chron, 12 Oct. 2021 Moreover, the shortage of the specific chips that Li Auto appears to be waiting on appears to be caused by the current Covid surge in Malaysia, rather than by structural issues. Trefis Team, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 But amid a surge at the U.S.-Mexico border, the administration in mid-September began rapidly deporting thousands of Haitians from Texas to Port-au-Prince. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2021 If all goes according to plan, San Francisco will become the first Bay Area city to significantly relax indoor face covering rules that were prompted by the Delta surge. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2021 The response, girded by a troop surge in Rakhine weeks before, was ferocious. New York Times, 2 Oct. 2021 But all the drugs have to given by IV or injection at hospitals or medical clinics, and supplies have been stretched by the latest surge of the delta variant. orlandosentinel.com, 1 Oct. 2021 But all the drugs have to given by IV or injection at hospitals or medical clinics, and supplies have been stretched by the latest surge of the delta variant. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Oct. 2021 But all the drugs have to be given by IV or injection at hospitals or medical clinics, and supplies have been stretched by the latest surge of the delta variant. NBC News, 1 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of surge

Verb

1511, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for surge

Verb

earlier, to ride (at anchor) probably in part from Middle French sourgir to cast anchor, land, from Catalan surgir to heave, cast anchor, from Latin surgere to rise, spring up; from sub- up + regere to lead straight; in part from Latin surgere — more at sub-, right

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More Definitions for surge

surge

verb
\ ˈsərj How to pronounce surge (audio) \
surged; surging

Kids Definition of surge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to rise suddenly and greatly Prices have surged recently.
2 : to move suddenly and quickly in a particular direction Crowds were surging through the streets.

surge

noun

Kids Definition of surge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a rush like that of a wave She felt a surge of anger.
2 : a large wave surges of water

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