[ ur-juh nt ]
/ ˈɜr dʒənt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. urge,
  2. urge incontinence,
  3. urgel,
  4. urgency,
  5. urgency incontinence,
  6. urgent care,
  7. urgent care center,
  8. urgently,
  9. urger,
  10. urgicenter

Origin of urgent

1490–1500; < Latin urgent- (stem of urgēns), present participle of urgēre to urge; see -ent

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British Dictionary definitions for urgent


/ (ˈɜːdʒənt) /


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