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urgent

[ur-juh nt] /ˈɜr dʒənt/
adjective
1.
compelling or requiring immediate action or attention; imperative; pressing:
an urgent matter.
2.
insistent or earnest in solicitation; importunate, as a person:
an urgent pleader.
3.
expressed with insistence, as requests or appeals:
an urgent tone of voice.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; < Latin urgent- (stem of urgēns), present participle of urgēre to urge; see -ent
Related forms
urgently, adverb
nonurgent, adjective
nonurgently, adverb
superurgent, adjective
superurgently, adverb
unurgent, adjective
unurgently, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for urgently

urgent

/ˈɜːdʒənt/
adjective
1.
requiring or compelling speedy action or attention: the matter is urgent, an urgent message
2.
earnest and persistent
Derived Forms
urgency (ˈɜːdʒənsɪ) noun
urgently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: via French from Latin urgent-, urgens, present participle of urgēre to urge
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Word Origin and History for urgently

urgent

adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French urgent "pressing, impelling" (14c.), from Latin urgentem (nominative urgens), present participle of urgere "to press hard, urge" (see urge (v.)). Related: Urgently.

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