urge

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: urgé, urĝe, and ürge

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin urgeō (urge).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

urge (plural urges)

  1. A strong desire; an itch to do something.

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

urge (third-person singular simple present urges, present participle urging, simple past and past participle urged)

  1. (transitive) To press; to push; to drive; to impel; to force onward.
    • 1703, Alexander Pope, transl., William Charles Macready, editor, Thebais, London: Bradbury & Evans, translation of original by Statius, published 1849, page 129:
      Lo hapless Tydeus, whose ill-fated hand / Had slain his brother, leaves his native land, / And seized with horror in the shades of night, / Through the thick deserts headlong urged his flight []
  2. (transitive) To press the mind or will of; to ply with motives, arguments, persuasion, or importunity.
    • c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene ii], lines 51–57, page 345, column 2:
      You do miſtake your buſines, my Brother neuer / Did vrge me in his Act : I did inquire it, / And haue my Learning from ſome true reports / That drew their ſwords with you, did he not rather / Diſcredit my authority with yours, / And make the warres alike againſt my ſtomacke, / Hauing alike your cauſe.
  3. (transitive) To provoke; to exasperate.
  4. (transitive) To press hard upon; to follow closely.
    • a. 1744, Alexander Pope, transl., “The Second Epistle of the Second Book of Horace”, in The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, volume III, London: William Pickering, translation of A Renunciation of Lyric Poetry by Horace, published 1851:
      Man ? and for ever ? wretch ! what wouldst thou have ? / Heir urges heir, like wave impelling wave.
  5. (transitive) To present in an urgent manner; to insist upon.
    to urge an argument; to urge the necessity of a case
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To treat with forcible means; to take severe or violent measures with.
    to urge an ore with intense heat
  7. (transitive) To press onward or forward.
  8. (transitive) To be pressing in argument; to insist; to persist.

Synonyms[edit]

The terms below need to be checked and allocated to the definitions (senses) of the headword above. Each term should appear in the sense for which it is appropriate. Use the templates {{syn|en|...}} or {{ant|en|...}} to add them to the appropriate sense(s).

Related terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.

See also[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


French[edit]

Verb[edit]

urge

  1. third-person singular present indicative of urger

Anagrams[edit]


Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

urge

  1. third-person singular present indicative of urgere

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

urgē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of urgeō

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

urge

  1. third-person singular present indicative of urgir
  2. second-person singular imperative of urgir

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

urge

  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of urgir.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of urgir.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of urgir.