ur·​gent | \ ˈər-jənt How to pronounce urgent (audio) \

Definition of urgent

1a : calling for immediate attention : pressing urgent appeals an urgent need
b : conveying a sense of urgency
2 : urging insistently : importunate

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Other Words from urgent

urgently adverb

Examples of urgent in a Sentence

We've come to deliver an urgent message. an urgent appeal for assistance He addressed us in an urgent manner. An urgent voice came over the intercom, telling us to leave the building immediately.
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First Known Use of urgent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for urgent

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin urgent-, urgens, present participle of urgēre

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16 Oct 2021

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“Urgent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urgent. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of urgent

: very important and needing immediate attention
: showing that something is very important and needs immediate attention


ur·​gent | \ ˈər-jənt How to pronounce urgent (audio) \

Kids Definition of urgent

1 : calling for immediate action an urgent need
2 : having or showing a sense of requiring immediate action She spoke in an urgent voice.

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urgently adverb

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