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urge

[urj] /ɜrdʒ/
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
1550-1560
1550-60; < Latin urgēre to press, force, drive, urge
Related forms
urgingly, adverb
overurge, verb, overurged, overurging.
unurged, adjective
unurging, adjective
Synonyms
4. incite, goad, stimulate, spur. 7. aver, asseverate.
Antonyms
1–3. deter. 4, 5. discourage.
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  • The method of comparison which he urges was to have an important bearing on the progress of criticism.
  • Observation of our normal behaviour towards intentions urges us to reject this tentative explanation as arbitrary.
  • It urges reconciliation behind the scenes but that is about it.
  • The report urges drastic policy changes to the ways in which natural resources are used.
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  • Then he urges students to think about the pen's life.
  • The government now urges people to consume less salt and sugar and integrate more seafood and whole grains into their diets.
  • The letter urges regulators to help each firm develop a plan that would evolve.
  • Though reluctant to place blame for his own food struggles, the author urges parents to set a good eating example.
  • Bloodsucking vampires and flesh-eating zombies have the excuse of being driven by insatiable urges.
British Dictionary definitions for urges

urge

/ɜːdʒ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to plead, press, or move (someone to do something): we urged him to surrender
2.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to advocate or recommend earnestly and persistently; plead or insist on: to urge the need for safety
3.
(transitive) to impel, drive, or hasten onwards: he urged the horses on
4.
(transitive) (archaic or literary) to stimulate, excite, or incite
noun
5.
a strong impulse, inner drive, or yearning
Word Origin
C16: from Latin urgēre
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Word Origin and History for urges

urge

v.

1550s, from Latin urgere "to press hard, push, drive, compel," from PIE root *werg- "to work" (cf. Avestan vareza "work, activity;" Greek ergon "work," orgia "religious performances," organon "tool;" Armenian gorc "work;" Lithuanian verziu "tie, fasten, squeeze," vargas "need, distress;" Old Church Slavonic vragu "enemy;" Gothic waurkjan, Old English wyrcan "work;" Gothic wrikan "persecute," Old English wrecan "drive, hunt, pursue;" Old Norse yrka "work, take effect"). Related: Urged; urging.

n.

1610s, from urge (v.); in frequent use after c.1910.

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