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From Latin urgeō (urge).


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urge (plural urges)

  1. A strong desire; an itch to do something.



urge (third-person singular simple present urges, present participle urging, simple past and past participle urged)

  1. (transitive) To press; to push; to drive; to impel; to force onward.
    • 1703, Alexander Pope, transl., William Charles Macready, editor, Thebais, London: Bradbury & Evans, translation of original by Statius, published 1849, page 129:
      Lo hapless Tydeus, whose ill-fated hand / Had slain his brother, leaves his native land, / And seized with horror in the shades of night, / Through the thick deserts headlong urged his flight []
  2. (transitive) To press the mind or will of; to ply with motives, arguments, persuasion, or importunity.
    • c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene ii], lines 51–57, page 345, column 2:
      You do miſtake your buſines, my Brother neuer / Did vrge me in his Act : I did inquire it, / And haue my Learning from ſome true reports / That drew their ſwords with you, did he not rather / Diſcredit my authority with yours, / And make the warres alike againſt my ſtomacke, / Hauing alike your cauſe.
  3. (transitive) To provoke; to exasperate.
  4. (transitive) To press hard upon; to follow closely.
    • a. 1744, Alexander Pope, transl., “The Second Epistle of the Second Book of Horace”, in The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, volume III, London: William Pickering, translation of A Renunciation of Lyric Poetry by Horace, published 1851:
      Man ? and for ever ? wretch ! what wouldst thou have ? / Heir urges heir, like wave impelling wave.
  5. (transitive) To present in an urgent manner; to insist upon.
    to urge an argument; to urge the necessity of a case
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To treat with forcible means; to take severe or violent measures with.
    to urge an ore with intense heat
  7. (transitive) To press onward or forward.
  8. (transitive) To be pressing in argument; to insist; to persist.


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  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of urgir.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of urgir.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of urgir.