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


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)


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