Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Compelling immediate action or attention; pressing.
  • adjective Conveying a sense of pressing importance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the character of urging, pressing, or constraining.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Urging; pressing; besetting; plying, with importunity; calling for immediate attention; instantly important.

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  • adjective Requiring immediate attention.

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

  • adjective compelling immediate action

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin urgēns, urgent-, present participle of urgēre, to urge.]

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Latin urgentem ('pressing') from urgere ('to press').

Examples

  • The FAO called the meeting to discuss what it termed urgent and concrete measures to address the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa.

    UN Pushes to End Hunger Cycle in Horn of Africa

  • DUBLIN—Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and senior ministers detailed on Monday what they described as an "urgent" employment plan, pledging to create 100,000 posts in the next four years for an economy struggling to grow under its bailout austerity program.

    Irish Government Details Jobs Plan

  • U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked President Sarkozy for what he called "urgent" military operations to silence mortars and rocket launchers that have been used against civilians and U.N. headquarters in Abidjan.

    French, UN Forces Join Fight Against Incumbent Ivory Coast President

  • Now the U.N. World Food Program is sending more food to meet what it calls the "urgent hunger needs among 3.5 million vulnerable people."

    Jimmy Carter's Moral Compass

  • Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and senior ministers detailed what they described as an "urgent" employment plan, pledging to create 100,000 posts in the next four years.

    What's News—

  • U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked President Sarkozy for what he called "urgent" military operations to silence mortars and rocket launchers that have been used against civilians and U.N. headquarters in Abidjan.

    French, UN Forces Join Fight Against Incumbent Ivory Coast President

  • The FAO called the meeting to discuss what it termed urgent and concrete measures to address the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa.

    UN Pushes to End Hunger Cycle in Horn of Africa

  • In February 2009, two senior Perry aides summoned commission chairman Sam Bassett for what they called an urgent meeting, at which they made clear they weren't happy with the investigation, Mr. Bassett said in an interview.

    In Texas, a Weak Office Becomes Stronger

  • Negotiations went deep into the night last night, and at the unusual hour of 11: 35, the director of National Intelligence issued a statement emphasizing what he called the urgent need to reform the current law, to allow monitoring of foreign communications if they pass through the United States.

    CNN Transcript Aug 3, 2007

  • Only two items stick fast: the word urgent, and the name of the attorney.

    My Sister’s Keeper

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    September 13, 2008