Definition of urgent in English:


Line breaks: ur¦gent
Pronunciation: /ˈəːdʒ(ə)nt


  • 2(Of an action or event) done or arranged in response to an urgent 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.
    emergency, high-priority, top-priority, important, vital, crucial; hurried, rushed, hasty, fast, quick, rapid, swift
    North American informal hurry-up
  • 2.1(Of a person or their manner) earnest and persistent: 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, determined, resolute, tenacious, obstinate, dogged, pressing, unrelenting; importunate, demanding, earnest, entreating, pleading, begging, clamorous; repeated, unremitting, continuous, incessant
    rare exigent



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  • 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.


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

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