[ ur-juhnt ]
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  1. compelling or requiring immediate action or attention; dire; pressing: an urgent matter.

  2. insistent or earnest in solicitation; importunate, as a person: an urgent pleader.

  1. expressed with insistence, as requests or appeals: an urgent tone of voice.

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 for urgent

Other words from urgent

  • ur·gent·ly, adverb
  • non·ur·gent, adjective
  • su·per·ur·gent, adjective
  • un·ur·gent, adjective

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How to use urgent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for urgent


/ (ˈɜːdʒənt) /

  1. requiring or compelling speedy action or attention: the matter is urgent; an urgent message

  2. earnest and persistent

Origin of urgent

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

Derived forms of urgent

  • urgency (ˈɜːdʒənsɪ), noun
  • urgently, adverb

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