verb[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 urgedMore example sentences
- 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 providedMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 insideMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3 (urge someone on) Encourage someone to continue or succeed in something: he could hear her voice urging him onMore example sentences
spur (on), force, drive, impel, propel
- 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.
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- A strong desire or impulse: the urge for revengeMore example sentences
- 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.
mid 16th century: from Latin urgere 'press, drive'.