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urgency Line breaks: ur|gen¦cy
Pronunciation: /ˈəːdʒ(ə)nsi/

Definition of urgency in English:


[mass noun]
1Importance requiring swift action: the discovery of the ozone hole gave urgency to the issue of CFCs [count noun]: these are the grave urgencies facing us
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  • Reform of the social model is therefore a matter of urgency.
  • Now, moreover, with the nation in an economic downturn, is not the time to assert the urgency of passing referendum legislation.
  • Yet, the dispersion of education only underscores with renewed urgency the significance of formal spheres of learning.
2An earnest and persistent quality; insistence: Emilia heard the urgency in his voice
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  • The rhythmic urgency of the second movement Allegro was striking.
  • At that very moment, Richard appeared in the open doorway, a look of urgency in his eyes.
  • "We have to find a way to bring our people closer together, to show more patience and understanding," Ramon told me with urgency in his voice.
insistence, persistence, determination, resolution, tenacity, obstinacy, doggedness;
importunateness, clamour, clamorousness, earnestness, pleading, begging

Words that rhyme with urgency

convergency, emergency, insurgency

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