- 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.
Origin of urge
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Examples from the Web for urging
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
December 13, 2014
Essentially, Pope Francis is urging Christians to “love the sinner, but hate the sin.”Is Pope Francis Backpedaling on Gays?
November 19, 2014
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
November 8, 2014
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
November 5, 2014
Now 88 senators are urging the Obama administration to take a very different approach to the group: gradual regime change.Senators: Take Gaza Away From Hamas
September 22, 2014
Mr Clayton was pushing me forward, and urging a dagger into my hand.
We have been selfish, sister, in urging our visit at such hazard.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
He seemed to be motioning the crowd away instead of urging them on.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
He caught a glimpse of a man who was urging on the riflemen and who seemed to be their leader.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
But I checked him in that Falstaffian vein, urging considerations of time and cookery.The Uncommercial Traveller
- (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 and History for urging
1610s, from urge (v.); in frequent use after c.1910.
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.