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urgent

[ ur-juhnt ]
/ ˈɜr dʒənt /
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adjective
compelling or requiring immediate action or attention; dire; 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.
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Origin of urgent

First recorded in 1490–1500; from Latin urgent- (stem of urgēns ), present participle of urgēre “to press, force, drive”; see urge, -ent

OTHER WORDS FROM urgent

ur·gent·ly, adverbnon·ur·gent, adjectivesu·per·ur·gent, adjectiveun·ur·gent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for urgent

urgent
/ (ˈɜːdʒənt) /

adjective
requiring or compelling speedy action or attentionthe matter is urgent; an urgent message
earnest and persistent

Derived forms of urgent

urgency (ˈɜːdʒənsɪ), nounurgently, adverb

Word Origin for urgent

C15: via French from Latin urgent-, urgens, present participle of urgēre to urge
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