- compelling or requiring immediate action or attention; imperative; 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.
Origin of urgent
Examples from the Web for urgent
Then, depending on how urgent I think it is to get it, sometimes I have to go back home and drop it off.#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project
December 24, 2014
Is there anyone who thinks the urgent problem we need to solve in Washington, D.C. is how to allow more spending on campaigns?Just What We Needed: More Campaign Spending
December 8, 2014
We need to strike a balance between creating false alarms and letting any urgent medical matters fall through the cracks.Did This Flu Vaccine Kill 13?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 2, 2014
But a Western policy that is blind to the urgent need for reform and justice is certain to end in catastrophe.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea
November 9, 2014
But if gendered Internet harassment is this urgent of a problem, why is Twitter outsourcing it to WAM!If Twitter Won’t Handle Its Massive Harassment Problem, These Women Will
November 7, 2014
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
The rapid increase of the business created an urgent demand for barrels.Cleveland Past and Present
But my most urgent task was speedily to make way with the incriminating corpse.City of Endless Night
- requiring or compelling speedy action or attentionthe matter is urgent; an urgent message
- earnest and persistent
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.