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Definition of "urge" []

  • To force or drive forward or onward; impel. (verb-transitive)
  • To entreat earnestly and often repeatedly; exhort. (verb-transitive)
  • To advocate earnestly the doing, consideration, or approval of; press for: urge passage of the bill; a speech urging moderation. (verb-transitive)
  • To stimulate; excite: "It urged him to an intensity like madness” ( D.H. Lawrence). (verb-transitive)
  • To move or impel to action, effort, or speed; spur. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "urge" in a sentence
  • "I won't, because I can no longer abide physicians, but the urge is there."
  • "Most of the time the urge is to be alone in a room, so that is why I write."
  • "In well managed private business which must pay dividends, the urge is always to keep personnel at a minimum."