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verb (used with object), urged, urg·ing.
  1. to push or force along; impel with force or vigor: to urge the cause along.
  2. to drive with incitement to speed or effort: to urge dogs on with shouts.
  3. to press, push, or hasten (the course, activities, etc.): to urge one's escape.
  4. to impel, constrain, or move to some action: urged by necessity.
  5. to endeavor to induce or persuade, as by entreaties; entreat or exhort earnestly: to urge a person to greater caution.
  6. to press (something) upon the attention: to urge a claim.
  7. to insist on, allege, or assert with earnestness: to urge the need of haste.
  8. to press by persuasion or recommendation, as for acceptance, performance, or use; recommend or advocate earnestly: to urge a plan of action.
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verb (used without object), urged, urg·ing.
  1. to exert a driving or impelling force; give an impulse to haste or action: Hunger urges.
  2. to make entreaties or earnest recommendations.
  3. to press arguments or allegations, as against a person, action, or cause: The senator urged against the confirmation of the appointment.
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  1. an act of urging; impelling action, influence, or force; impulse.
  2. an involuntary, natural, or instinctive impulse: the sex urge.
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Origin of urge

First recorded in 1550–60, urge is from the Latin word urgēre to press, force, drive, urge
Related formsurg·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·urge, verb, o·ver·urged, o·ver·urg·ing.un·urged, adjectiveun·urg·ing, adjective


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1–3. deter. 4, 5. discourage.
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  1. (tr) to plead, press, or move (someone to do something)we urged him to surrender
  2. (tr; may take a clause as object) to advocate or recommend earnestly and persistently; plead or insist onto urge the need for safety
  3. (tr) to impel, drive, or hasten onwardshe urged the horses on
  4. (tr) archaic, or literary to stimulate, excite, or incite
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  1. a strong impulse, inner drive, or yearning
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin urgēre
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Word Origin and History for urging



1610s, from urge (v.); in frequent use after c.1910.

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1550s, from Latin urgere "to press hard, push, drive, compel," from PIE root *werg- "to work" (cf. Avestan vareza "work, activity;" Greek ergon "work," orgia "religious performances," organon "tool;" Armenian gorc "work;" Lithuanian verziu "tie, fasten, squeeze," vargas "need, distress;" Old Church Slavonic vragu "enemy;" Gothic waurkjan, Old English wyrcan "work;" Gothic wrikan "persecute," Old English wrecan "drive, hunt, pursue;" Old Norse yrka "work, take effect"). Related: Urged; urging.

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