urge

[urj]
verb (used with object), urged, urging.
1.
to push or force along; impel with force or vigor: to urge the cause along.
2.
to drive with incitement to speed or effort: to urge dogs on with shouts.
3.
to press, push, or hasten (the course, activities, etc.): to urge one's escape.
4.
to impel, constrain, or move to some action: urged by necessity.
5.
to endeavor to induce or persuade, as by entreaties; entreat or exhort earnestly: to urge a person to greater caution.
6.
to press (something) upon the attention: to urge a claim.
7.
to insist on, allege, or assert with earnestness: to urge the need of haste.
8.
to press by persuasion or recommendation, as for acceptance, performance, or use; recommend or advocate earnestly: to urge a plan of action.
verb (used without object), urged, urging.
9.
to exert a driving or impelling force; give an impulse to haste or action: Hunger urges.
10.
to make entreaties or earnest recommendations.
11.
to press arguments or allegations, as against a person, action, or cause: The senator urged against the confirmation of the appointment.
noun
12.
an act of urging; impelling action, influence, or force; impulse.
13.
an involuntary, natural, or instinctive impulse: the sex urge.

Origin:
1550–60; < Latin urgēre to press, force, drive, urge

urgingly, adverb
overurge, verb, overurged, overurging.
unurged, adjective
unurging, adjective


4. incite, goad, stimulate, spur. 7. aver, asseverate.


1–3. deter. 4, 5. discourage.
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urge (ɜːdʒ)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to plead, press, or move (someone to do something): we urged him to surrender
2.  (tr; may take a clause as object) to advocate or recommend earnestly and persistently; plead or insist on: to urge the need for safety
3.  (tr) to impel, drive, or hasten onwards: he urged the horses on
4.  archaic, literary or (tr) to stimulate, excite, or incite
 
n
5.  a strong impulse, inner drive, or yearning
 
[C16: from Latin urgēre]

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urge
1560, from L. urgere "to press hard, push, drive, compel," from PIE base *werg- "to work" (cf. Avestan vareza "work, activity;" Gk. ergon "work," orgia "religious performances," organon "tool;" Armenian gorc "work;" Lith. verziu "tie, fasten, squeeze," vargas "need, distress;" O.C.S. vragu "enemy;" Goth.
waurkjan, O.E. wyrcan "work;" Goth. wrikan "persecute," O.E. wrecan "drive, hunt, pursue;" O.N. yrka "work, take effect"). The noun is first attested 1618, from the verb; in frequent use after c.1910.
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Example sentences
But the human urge to improve any patch of ground is strong.
When scientists knocked out the itch neurons, the mice no longer had the urge
  to scratch in response to known itchy stimulus.
The urge to declare victory and get back to normal policy after an economic
  crisis is strong.
They take advantage of gamers' completion urge by prominently displaying
  progress bars that encourage leveling up.
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