- 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
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- requiring or compelling speedy action or attentionthe matter is urgent; an urgent message
- earnest and persistent
Word Origin for urgent
C15: via French from Latin urgent-, urgens, present participle of urgēre to urge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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