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[ur-juh nt]
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  1. compelling or requiring immediate action or attention; imperative; pressing: an urgent matter.
  2. insistent or earnest in solicitation; importunate, as a person: an urgent pleader.
  3. expressed with insistence, as requests or appeals: an urgent tone of voice.
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Origin of urgent

1490–1500; < Latin urgent- (stem of urgēns), present participle of urgēre to urge; see -ent
Related formsur·gent·ly, adverbnon·ur·gent, adjectivenon·ur·gent·ly, adverbsu·per·ur·gent, adjectivesu·per·ur·gent·ly, adverbun·ur·gent, adjectiveun·ur·gent·ly, adverb
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Related Words for urgent

necessary, crucial, indispensable, persuasive, pressing, vital, immediate, compelling, important, imperative, critical, demanding, serious, essential, weighty, burning, capital, chief, clamant, clamorous

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Historical Examples of urgent

  • No doubt he told us both that he had received an urgent telegram.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • It was another two hours' leave of absence she asked for "on urgent business."

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • An attach from the French Embassy was waiting to speak to me on urgent business.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • The rapid increase of the business created an urgent demand for barrels.

  • But my most urgent task was speedily to make way with the incriminating corpse.

British Dictionary definitions for urgent


  1. requiring or compelling speedy action or attentionthe matter is urgent; an urgent message
  2. earnest and persistent
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Derived Formsurgency (ˈɜːdʒənsɪ), nounurgently, adverb

Word Origin for urgent

C15: via French from Latin urgent-, urgens, present participle of urgēre to urge
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Word Origin and History for urgent


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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