urgent

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French urgent (pressing, impelling), from Latin urgēns, from urgēre (to press), from Proto-Indo-European *werǵʰ- (bind, squeeze). Related to German würgen (to strangle), Lithuanian ver̃žti (to string, tighten, constrict), Russian (poetic) отверза́ть (otverzátʹ, to open, literally to untie), Polish otwierać (to open)) and English worry, wring, wreak, wreck.

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urgent (comparative more urgent, superlative most urgent)

  1. Requiring immediate attention.
    An urgent appeal was sent out for assistance.
    Synonyms: pressing, needly
  2. Of people: insistent, solicitous.

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The primary meaning of urgent is as a description of a pressing need. Especially in journalistic contexts, it is sometimes used by transference to describe the thing needed, or to mean "happening very soon", which some deem erroneous.

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From Latin urgens.

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urgent (masculine and feminine plural urgents)

  1. urgent

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French[edit]

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Borrowed from Late Latin urgens, present participle of urgeō.

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urgent (feminine urgente, masculine plural urgents, feminine plural urgentes)

  1. urgent

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Latin[edit]

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urgent

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of urgeō

Piedmontese[edit]

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urgent

  1. urgent

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French urgent, from Latin urgens.

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urgent m or n (feminine singular urgentă, masculine plural urgenți, feminine and neuter plural urgente)

  1. urgent

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