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Dictionary Definition

urge

Noun

1 an instinctive motive; "profound religious impulses" [syn: impulse]
2 a strong restless desire; "why this urge to travel?" [syn: itch]

Verb

1 force or impel in an indicated direction; "I urged him to finish his studies" [syn: urge on, press, exhort]
2 push for something; "The travel agent recommended strongly that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day" [syn: recommend, advocate]
3 urge on or encourage especially by shouts; "The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers" [syn: cheer, inspire, barrack, urge on, exhort, pep up]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Latin urgere. Cognate with Old English wrecan (English wreak).

Pronunciation

Noun

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

Translations

a strong desire; an itch to do something
  • Finnish: halu, hinku, vietti
  • French: pulsion
  • German: Drang
  • Italian: pulsione
  • Japanese: 願望
  • Norwegian: trang

Verb

  1. To press; to push; to drive; to impel; to force onward.
  2. To press the mind or will of; to ply with motives, arguments, persuasion, or importunity.
  3. To provoke; to exasperate.
  4. To present in an urgent manner; to insist upon.
  5. : To treat with forcible means; to take severe or violent measures with; as, to urge an ore with intense heat.
  6. To press onward or forward.
  7. To be pressing in argument; to insist; to persist.

Related terms

Translations

to press, push, drive
  • Finnish: ajaa
  • Hungarian: sürgetni
  • Japanese: 催促する
to press the mind or will of
  • Finnish: painostaa
  • Greek: παροτρύνω, παρακινώ, ωθώ
  • Hungarian: ösztönözni
  • Japanese: せきたてる
to provoke
  • Finnish: raivostuttaa
to present in an urgent manner
  • Finnish: kiirehtiä
  • Japanese: せきたてる
(obsolete) to treat with forcible means
to press onward or forward
  • Finnish: ajaa
to be pressing in argument; to insist
  • Finnish: vaatia
  • Japanese: 催促する

See also

French

Verb

urge

Italian

Verb

urge

Extensive Definition

Urge means a strong desire. Urge may also refer to:
  • Sucking urge, an infant's instinctive urge to breastfeed
  • urge, drive forward, to make move faster
  • Nissan Urge, a concept car announced by Nissan that will be integrated with the Xbox video game console
  • URGE (digital music service), an online music service (now defunct) released on May 17, 2006 - a collaboration between MTV and Microsoft
  • Urge (soft drink), a citrus soft drink produced in Norway, equivalent of Surge

Entertainment

urge in Dutch: Urge
urge in Volapük: Urge

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accelerate, admonish, advise, advocate, affirm, allege, appetite, appetition, apply pressure, ardor, argue, ask, assert, automatic response, beg, beseech, beset, besiege, blandish, blind impulse, brain wave, brainstorm, brook no denial, bug, bundle, bustle, buttonhole, cajole, call on, call upon, caution, charge, cheer on, coax, compulsion, concupiscence, constrain, constraint, contend, counsel, craving, crowd, curiosity, demand, desideration, desire, dispatch, drive, drive on, dun, eagerness, egg on, encourage, enjoin, entreat, exert pressure, exhort, exigency, expedite, expostulate, fancy, fantasy, flash, fleeting impulse, force, forward, goad, goad on, gut response, haste, hasten, hasten on, hie on, high-pressure, hold, hope, horme, hound on, hunger, hurry, hurry along, hurry on, hurry up, hustle, hustle up, impel, impetus, importune, impulse, impulsion, incentive, incite, induce, influence, insist, insist on, insist upon, inspiration, instinct, intellectual curiosity, involuntary impulse, issue a caveat, itch, jawbone, libido, lobby, longing, lust, lust for learning, maintain, mind, motive, move, nag, nag at, natural impulse, need, needle, notion, passion, persist, persuade, pester, pinch, plague, plead with, pleasure, pleasure principle, ply, preach, precipitate, press, pressure, prevail upon, prick, prod, prompt, propel, provoke, push, push on, push through, quick hunch, quicken, railroad through, rash impulse, recommend, reflex, remonstrate, request, root on, rush, rush along, set forth, set on, sexual desire, shove, sic, soft-soap, solicit, speed, speed along, speed on, speed up, spring, spur, spur on, stampede, stand on, state, stick to, stress, sudden thought, suggest, sway, sweet-talk, take no denial, talk into, tease, thirst, thirst for knowledge, urge on, urgency, want, wanting, warn, wheedle, whip, whip along, whip on, will, will and pleasure, wish, wish fulfillment, work on, yearning, yen
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