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See also: urgé, urĝe, and ürge




From Latin urgeō (I urge). This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.



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.
    • Alexander Pope:
      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.
    • Shakespeare:
      My brother never / Did urge me in his act; I did inquire it.
  3. (transitive) To provoke; to exasperate.
    • Shakespeare:
      Urge not my father's anger.
    • Sir Walter Scott:
      "I can answer a civil question civilly," said the youth, "and will pay fitting respect to your age, if you do not urge my patience with mockery. []
  4. (transitive) To press hard upon; to follow closely.
    • Alexander Pope:
      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.