See also: urgé, urĝe, and ürge

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin urgeō (urge).

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urge (plural urges)

  1. A strong desire; an itch to do something.
    After seeing the advert for soft drink, I had a sudden urge to buy a bottle.
    sexual urges
    repress your urges
    satisfy your urges

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VerbEdit

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 put mental pressure on; to ply with motives, arguments, persuasion, or importunity.
    My boss urged me to reconsider my decision to leave the company, even offering a pay rise.
    • 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: [] 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
    • 1814 July, [Jane Austen], chapter X, in Mansfield Park: [], volume II, London: [] T[homas] Egerton, [], OCLC 39810224, page 222:
      To be urging her opinion against Sir Thomas's, was a proof of the extremity of the case, but such was her horror at the first suggestion, that she could actually look him in the face and say she hoped it might be settled otherwise; in vain however; []
  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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urge

  1. third-person singular present indicative of urger

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urge

  1. third-person singular present indicative of urgere

LatinEdit

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urgē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of urgeō

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urge

  1. third-person singular present indicative of urgir
  2. second-person singular imperative of urgir

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urge

  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.