to push or force along; impel with force or vigor: to urge the cause along.
to drive with incitement to speed or effort: to urge dogs on with shouts.
to press, push, or hasten (the course, activities, etc.): to urge one's escape.
to impel, constrain, or move to some action: urged by necessity.
to endeavor to induce or persuade, as by entreaties; entreat or exhort earnestly: to urge a person to greater caution.
to press (something) upon the attention: to urge a claim.
to insist on, allege, or assert with earnestness: to urge the need of haste.
to press by persuasion or recommendation, as for acceptance, performance, or use; recommend or advocate earnestly: to urge a plan of action.
to exert a driving or impelling force; give an impulse to haste or action: Hunger urges.
to make entreaties or earnest recommendations.
to press arguments or allegations, as against a person, action, or cause: The senator urged against the confirmation of the appointment.
an act of urging; impelling action, influence, or force; impulse.
an involuntary, natural, or instinctive impulse: the sex urge.
- urg·ing·ly, adverb
- o·ver·urge, verb, o·ver·urged, o·ver·urg·ing.
- un·urged, adjective
- un·urg·ing, adjective
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How to use urge in a sentence
One, where restoration using climate-friendly and sustainable materials and technology are given precedence over the urge to use the same materials and approach as was originally done — even if the monument looks slightly different as a consequence.Authenticity Versus Longevity for Preservation: Which Matters More? | Nick Fouriezos | December 11, 2020 | Ozy
I felt the urge to scamper off to my room with the whole container.
Instead, the difference seems to be that they’re willing to keep enduring the unpleasant urge to breathe for longer.How Does Your Brain Respond When You Hold Your Breath? | Alex Hutchinson | November 25, 2020 | Outside Online
Resist the urge to buy the “next best” in last year’s model — the new ones are a major change and are replacements, not just upgrades, for the old ones.Gift Guide: Which next-gen console is the one your kid wants? | Devin Coldewey | November 23, 2020 | TechCrunch
These seven mental and physical factors can account for almost any creepy occurrence—including some famous ones ripe for debunking—and help to make sense of our perpetual urge to sleep with the night light on.
He came at David O. Selznick's urging, and together they made Rebecca, Spellbound, and The Paradine Case.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Essentially, Pope Francis is urging Christians to “love the sinner, but hate the sin.”
And he was said to be urging Obama to appoint her as his successor.For Next AG, Obama Picks a Quiet Fighter With a Heavy Punch | Michael Daly | November 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Girma sent a letter to TED, urging it to caption all the videos, but she says the response indicated disinterest.TEDx Talks Have a Disability Problem—but This Incredible Young Woman Is Working to Change That | Nina Strochlic | November 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A former great urging another man to forcefully keep an up-and-coming female rapper in line?Who Dat, Who Dat? It’s Snoop Dogg Saying Misogynistic Things to I-G-G-Y | Amy Zimmerman | October 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bahadur Shah held out against the vehement urging of his daughter aided now by the counsel of her brothers.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Victor was proud of his achievement, and went about recommending it and urging every one to partake of it to excess.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
There was no need of Lawrence signaling Dan to come on, for the squad were urging their horses to the limit.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Meanwhile he wrote an impassioned letter to Napoleon urging him to seek no more wars of conquest.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
The nurse, a comfortable looking Griffe woman in white apron and cap, was urging her to return to her bedroom.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for urge
(tr) to plead, press, or move (someone to do something): we urged him to surrender
(tr; may take a clause as object) to advocate or recommend earnestly and persistently; plead or insist on: to urge the need for safety
(tr) to impel, drive, or hasten onwards: he urged the horses on
(tr) archaic, or literary to stimulate, excite, or incite
a strong impulse, inner drive, or yearning
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