[ urj ]
/ ɜrdʒ /

verb (used with object), urged, urg·ing.

verb (used without object), urged, urg·ing.


an act of urging; impelling action, influence, or force; impulse.
an involuntary, natural, or instinctive impulse: the sex urge.

Origin of urge

First recorded in 1550–60, urge is from the Latin word urgēre to press, force, drive, urge

Related forms

urg·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·urge, verb, o·ver·urged, o·ver·urg·ing.un·urged, adjectiveun·urg·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for urging


/ (ɜːdʒ) /


(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 onto urge the need for safety
(tr) to impel, drive, or hasten onwardshe urged the horses on
(tr) archaic, or literary to stimulate, excite, or incite


a strong impulse, inner drive, or yearning

Word Origin for urge

C16: from Latin urgēre
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