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urgent Syllabification: ur·gent
Pronunciation: /ˈərjənt/

Definition of urgent in English:


1(Of a state or situation) requiring immediate action or attention: the situation is far more urgent than politicians are admitting
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  • Mr. Wright concluded that there was nothing urgent requiring immediate attention.
  • The question of professional refereeing is an urgent issue that needs immediate attention.
  • These are the urgent issues that need attention, with special reference also to gender.
1.1(Of action or an event) done or arranged in response to a pressing or critical situation: she needs urgent treatment
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  • I don't think I have anything to do that has an urgent deadline or immediately requires my attention.
  • The child required urgent medical attention but did not develop long term adverse effects.
  • The temples require urgent restoration by skilled craftsmen who work on heritage structures.
1.2(Of a person or their manner) earnest and persistent in response to a pressing situation: an urgent whisper
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  • He was urgent, almost angry, in his passion and the whole thing left me feeling unfulfilled.
  • The tone of your letter can be folksy and conversational or urgent and earnest.
insistent, persistent, importunate, earnest, pleading, begging


Late 15th century: from Old French, from Latin urgent- 'pressing, driving', from the verb urgere (see urge).

  • This word comes via Old French, from Latin urgere ‘press, drive’, which also gave us urge (mid 16th century).



Example sentences
  • Vans, trucks and station wagons urgently pull up to take away their quota of papers on time.
  • As the old hall has now fallen into disrepair a new facility is urgently needed.
  • They urgently need parents from both schools to help form a rota system to dispose of this waste.

Words that rhyme with urgent

convergent, detergent, divergent, emergent, insurgent, resurgent

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