- Urge is the act of force or pushing along or a desire for something.
- An example of urge is an argument that college is an important to a wavering high school senior.
- An example of urge is a strong wish for caramel.
- Urge is defined as to force or push to stimulate someone to take action.
An example of urge is to try to convince a student to apply to college as soon as possible.
- to press upon the attention; present or speak of earnestly and repeatedly; plead, allege, or advocate strongly: to urge caution
- to entreat or plead with; ask, persuade, or solicit earnestly; press; exhort
- to stimulate or incite; provoke
- to drive or force onward; press forward; impel
- to ply (oars, etc.) vigorously
Origin: L urgere, to press hard: see wreak
- to make an earnest presentation of arguments, claims, charges, entreaties, etc.
- to exert a force that drives or impels, as to action
- the act of urging
- an impulse to do a certain thing; impelling influence or force, esp. an inner drive
- urger noun
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verb urged urged, urg·ing, urg·es verb, transitive
- To force or drive forward or onward; impel.
- To entreat earnestly and often repeatedly; exhort.
- To advocate earnestly the doing, consideration, or approval of; press for: urge passage of the bill; a speech urging moderation.
- To stimulate; excite: “It urged him to an intensity like madness” (D.H. Lawrence).
- To move or impel to action, effort, or speed; spur.
- To exert an impelling force; push vigorously.
- To present a forceful argument, claim, or case.
- The act of urging.
- a. An impulse that prompts action or effort: suppressed an urge to laugh.b. An involuntary tendency to perform a given activity; an instinct: “There is a human urge to clarify, rationalize, justify” (Leonard Bernstein).
Origin: Latin urgēre.