Definition of urge in English:

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Pronunciation: /ərj/


[with object and usually infinitive]
1Try earnestly or persistently to persuade (someone) to do something: he urged her to come and stay with us [with direct speech]: “Try to relax,” she urged
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  • We urge him to persuade the president to help mediate the situation.
  • If you don't quite see the point after the first one, I urge you to persist and everything will become clear.
  • Officers urged her to press charges, but her family persuaded her not to.
1.1Recommend or advocate (something) strongly: I urge caution in interpreting these results [with clause]: they are urging that more treatment facilities be provided
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  • Finally, Mahan advocated and strongly urged the building of what he called an Isthmian canal.
  • However, the organization establishes the following principles and strongly urges their adoption by other federations.
  • In a recent newspaper column, Paul resurrects the medical care debate, and strongly urges the implementation of a socialist system of healthcare.
advise, counsel, advocate, recommend, suggest, advance
1.2 [with object] Encourage (a person or animal) to move more quickly or in a particular direction: drawing up outside the house, he urged her inside
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  • Ralier kept urging the horse to move, but the animal didn't need persuasion.
  • They rode through the night, urging their horses onwards.
  • The driver urges the horses quickly through the near-empty town.
encourage, exhort, enjoin, press, entreat, implore, call on, appeal to, beg, plead with, coax;
egg on, prod, prompt, spur, goad, incite, push, pressure, pressurize
formal adjure
literary beseech
1.3 (urge someone on) Encourage someone to continue or succeed in something: he could hear her voice urging him on
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  • The game still looked in the balance and Rhodes continued to urge Kendal on with his constant ranting from the back.
  • The look in Will's eyes urged her on.
  • I am not rushing you, merely urging you on towards a speedy decision.
spur (on), force, drive, impel, propel


A strong desire or impulse: the urge for revenge
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  • Larenia giggled after she finished saying this and I had the strong urge to giggle with her.
  • Zander, it appears, is not motivated by desire but by an urge to keep the story going.
  • Impulsiveness, and the urge to take action is your gift and your strength, leaving the hesitating majority in shame.
desire, wish, need, compulsion, longing, yearning, hankering, craving, appetite, hunger, thirst;
fancy, impulse, impetus
informal yen, itch


Mid 16th century: from Latin urgere 'press, drive'.

Words that rhyme with urge

converge, dirge, diverge, emerge, merge, purge, scourge, serge, splurge, spurge, submerge, surge, verge

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