- to push or force along; impel with force or vigor: to urge the cause along.
- to drive with incitement to speed or effort: to urge dogs on with shouts.
- to press, push, or hasten (the course, activities, etc.): to urge one's escape.
- to impel, constrain, or move to some action: urged by necessity.
- to endeavor to induce or persuade, as by entreaties; entreat or exhort earnestly: to urge a person to greater caution.
- to press (something) upon the attention: to urge a claim.
- to insist on, allege, or assert with earnestness: to urge the need of haste.
- to press by persuasion or recommendation, as for acceptance, performance, or use; recommend or advocate earnestly: to urge a plan of action.
- to exert a driving or impelling force; give an impulse to haste or action: Hunger urges.
- to make entreaties or earnest recommendations.
- to press arguments or allegations, as against a person, action, or cause: The senator urged against the confirmation of the appointment.
- an act of urging; impelling action, influence, or force; impulse.
- an involuntary, natural, or instinctive impulse: the sex urge.
Origin of urge
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Examples from the Web for urged
In several reports he urged the pit operators to safeguard the birds.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
He urged his son to help the Special Forces teams working in the area.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
The law professor, Benny Tai, urged the students to “retreat and take the spirit of the Umbrella Movement into the community.”The Monuments Men of Occupy Hong Kong
December 4, 2014
For the last several months, prominent Democrats have urged Hispanics to make their voices heard on Election Day.Latinos Aren’t a ‘Cheap Date’ for Democrats Anymore
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
November 11, 2014
Snyder remembered one more site in Hollister he urged me to visit.Silicon Valley Mansions, Swallowed Alive
November 8, 2014
"He said he was poor," urged Billy, who had been rather taken with the ease of Arledge's manner.
At parting, she urged Eudora to share her apartment for the night.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"Do it good while you're doin' it," urged Uncle Peter, cheerfully.
Just because it would be so difficult to raise the hundred pounds she urged it.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
"But that way was so exciting," she urged, not at all convinced.Within the Law
- (tr) to plead, press, or move (someone to do something)we urged him to surrender
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to advocate or recommend earnestly and persistently; plead or insist onto urge the need for safety
- (tr) to impel, drive, or hasten onwardshe urged the horses on
- (tr) archaic, or literary to stimulate, excite, or incite
- a strong impulse, inner drive, or yearning
Word Origin and History for urged
1610s, from urge (v.); in frequent use after c.1910.
1550s, from Latin urgere "to press hard, push, drive, compel," from PIE root *werg- "to work" (cf. Avestan vareza "work, activity;" Greek ergon "work," orgia "religious performances," organon "tool;" Armenian gorc "work;" Lithuanian verziu "tie, fasten, squeeze," vargas "need, distress;" Old Church Slavonic vragu "enemy;" Gothic waurkjan, Old English wyrcan "work;" Gothic wrikan "persecute," Old English wrecan "drive, hunt, pursue;" Old Norse yrka "work, take effect"). Related: Urged; urging.