Definition of urgent in English:


Syllabification: ur·gent
Pronunciation: /ˈərjənt


  • 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.
    acute, pressing, dire, desperate, critical, serious, grave, intense, crying, burning, compelling, extreme, exigent, high-priority, top-priority; life-and-death
  • 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



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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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