Definitions

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

  • adj. Compelling immediate action or attention; pressing.
  • adj. Insistent or importunate: the urgent words "Hurry! Hurry!”
  • adj. Conveying a sense of pressing importance: an urgent message.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Requiring immediate attention.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adj. compelling immediate action

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin urgēns, urgent-, present participle of urgēre, to urge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin urgentem ('pressing') from urgere ('to press'). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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—

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mr. Flaherty repeated his call for European leaders to provide clarity on the Greek debt crisis, which he described as an "urgent situation."

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • Feb. 4, 2010 The US Chemical Safety Board announced it was considering what it called urgent recommendations to change national fuel gas codes to improve safety when gas pipes are being purged, or cleared of air during maintenance or installation of new piping.

    WN.com - Financial News

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