[ surj ]
/ sɜrdʒ /


verb (used without object), surged, surg·ing.

verb (used with object), surged, surg·ing.

to cause to surge or roll in or as in waves.
Nautical. to slacken (a rope).

Origin of surge

1480–90; perhaps < Latin surgere to spring up, arise, stand up

Related forms

un·surg·ing, adjective

Can be confused

serge surge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for surge


/ (sɜːdʒ) /



Derived Forms

surgeless, adjectivesurger, noun

Word Origin for surge

C15: from Latin surgere to rise, from sub- up + regere to lead
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Science definitions for surge


[ sûrj ]

A coastal rise in water level caused by wind.
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