verb (used with object), urged, urg·ing.

verb (used without object), urged, urg·ing.


an act of urging; impelling action, influence, or force; impulse.
an involuntary, natural, or instinctive impulse: the sex urge.

Origin of urge

First recorded in 1550–60, urge is from the Latin word urgēre to press, force, drive, urge
Related formsurg·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·urge, verb, o·ver·urged, o·ver·urg·ing.un·urged, adjectiveun·urg·ing, adjective

Synonyms for urge

Antonyms for urge

1–3. deter. 4, 5. discourage.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for urged

Contemporary Examples of urged

Historical Examples of urged

  • "He said he was poor," urged Billy, who had been rather taken with the ease of Arledge's manner.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • At parting, she urged Eudora to share her apartment for the night.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • "Do it good while you're doin' it," urged Uncle Peter, cheerfully.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Just because it would be so difficult to raise the hundred pounds she urged it.

  • "But that way was so exciting," she urged, not at all convinced.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

British Dictionary definitions for urged



(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 for urge

C16: from Latin urgēre
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper