Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being urgent; pressing importance: the urgency of the call for help; pleading with urgency.
  • n. A pressing necessity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or condition of being urgent; insistence; pressure; as, the urgency of a demand or an occasion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or condition of being urgent; insistence; pressure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being urgent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity
  • n. an urgent situation calling for prompt action
  • n. insistent solicitation and entreaty
  • n. pressing importance requiring speedy action

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Examples

  • At his Senate confirmation hearing in March, Mr Eikenberry underscored what he called the urgency of the requirement to turn around the war effort, which has evolved into a stalemate in key parts of Afghanistan as the Taliban-led insurgency has gained clout.

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  • At his Senate confirmation hearing in March, Mr Eikenberry stressed what he called the urgency of the requirement to turn around the war effort, which has evolved into a stalemate in key parts of Afghanistan as the Taliban-led insurgency has gained clout.

    mirror.co.uk - Home

  • At his Senate confirmation hearing in March, Eikenberry underscored what he called the urgency of the requirement to turn around the war effort, which has evolved into a stalemate in key parts of Afghanistan as the Taliban-led insurgency has gained clout.

    ajc.com - News

  • It may be that this readership is finally less interested in "urgency" and more interested in the 800 words (or more) dedicated to what's left of serious fiction -- and truly serious nonfiction, for that matter.

    Book Reviewing

  • The urgency is paramount and no one doubts this in the US but the reason no republicans voted for it in Congress was so that the more appeasing senate and joint house Conference is encouraged to listen more to the other side of the argument ... ie more tax cuts.

    Obama’s problems could be Brown’s

  • But at transplant centers, that urgency is still mostly theoretical.

    ...With Functioning Kidneys for All

  • He referred to the "urgency" of fueling a recovery in the job market, where persistent high unemployment is eroding workers' skills.

    Speech Hints at Options for Fed

  • Their urgency is understandable, since low enrollment can be a factor in decisions to close a struggling city school.

    James Merriman: Thriving Charter Schools Need Fairness, Not Favors

  • Mostly urban planners, DoTankers are more interested in taking action than talking about it; their collective sense of focused urgency is like refreshing blast of cool October air.

    Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington: NY's Nuit Blanche: "Bring To Light"

  • If this sense of urgency is not tempered by a higher call of being responsible from both a fiscal and health perspective, then we will have a medical system frought with problems, a larger deficit, and worst of all a deepening sense that our lawmakers have lost their integrity to put forth legislation that has been well thought out and meaningful.

    Health debate: A little clarity, please

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