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[ur-juh nt] /ˈɜr dʒənt/
compelling or requiring immediate action or attention; imperative; pressing:
an urgent matter.
insistent or earnest in solicitation; importunate, as a person:
an urgent pleader.
expressed with insistence, as requests or appeals:
an urgent tone of voice.
Origin of urgent
1490-1500; < Latin urgent- (stem of urgēns), present participle of urgēre to urge; see -ent
Related forms
urgently, adverb
nonurgent, adjective
nonurgently, adverb
superurgent, adjective
superurgently, adverb
unurgent, adjective
unurgently, adverb Unabridged
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  • You see, the ball had been announced, and immediate money was urgently needed.

  • His solitude terrified him, and he urgently entreated his sister to come to him.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • Now, was ever a country so urgently in want of a little repose as ours?

    Nuts and Nutcrackers Charles James Lever
  • "You had better go, sir," one of the sisters said, urgently.

  • She would not let him go, but he went on urgently entreating.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
British Dictionary definitions for urgently


requiring or compelling speedy action or attention: the matter is urgent, an urgent message
earnest and persistent
Derived Forms
urgency (ˈɜːdʒənsɪ) noun
urgently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: via French from Latin urgent-, urgens, present participle of urgēre to urge
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Word Origin and History for urgently



mid-15c., from Middle French urgent "pressing, impelling" (14c.), from Latin urgentem (nominative urgens), present participle of urgere "to press hard, urge" (see urge (v.)). Related: Urgently.

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