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urgency

noun

  1. (necessity)  the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity
    Type of: necessity
  2. (importance)  pressing importance requiring speedy action
    Type of: importance
  3. (situation)  an urgent situation calling for prompt action
    Type of: situation
  4. (solicitation)  insistent solicitation and entreaty
    Synonyms: importunity, urging. Type of: solicitation

Etymology summary

via French from Latin urgent-, urgens, present participle of urgēre to urge
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

urgency | urgent | urgence | clamancy [synonym]

the condition of needing to be dealt with as soon as possible | the condition of showing that you are anxious for people to notice something or to do ... (28 of 470 words, 4 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/urgency

Wikipedia:

Urgency [disambiguation]

may refer to: Pan-pan, international radio call for an emergency posing no imminent danger | Urinary urgency, medical condition | Urgency (Low Level Flight album), 2007 | Urgency (The Pale Pacific album), 2005 (30 of 80 words, 4 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Urgency

Macmillan British Dictionary:

urgency [uncountable]

the need to deal with something quickly | the feeling of wanting something very much or wanting it immediately (18 of 73 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/urgency

Oxford Dictionary:

urgency | instancy [archaic] | insistence [synonym, sense-specific]

importance requiring swift action | an earnest and persistent quality; insistence (10 of 65 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/urgency

Merriam-Webster:

urgency | urgencies [plural] | insistence [synonym, sense-specific] | urge [synonym, sense-specific]

the quality or state of being urgent; "insistence" | a force or impulse that impels or constrains; "urge" (17 of 39 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/urgency

Wiktionary:

urgency | urgencies [plural] | insistence [synonym] | pressure [synonym]

The quality or condition of being urgent; insistence; pressure; as, the urgency of a demand or an occasion. (18 of 31 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/urgency

American Heritage Dictionary:

urgency | urgencies [plural]

The quality or condition of being urgent; pressing importance | A pressing necessity. (12 of 27 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/urgency

New World Dictionary:

urgency | urgencies [plural]

the quality or state of beingurgent; need for action, haste, etc.; stress or pressure, as of necessity | insistence; importunity | something urgent (21 of 26 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/urgency

Random House Dictionary:

urgency | urgencies [plural]

urgent character; imperativeness; insistence; importunateness. | "urgencies": urgent requirements or needs. (10 of 18 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/urgency

Etymology reference

Collins Dictionary:

urgency | urgent

First use: 15th century

Origin: via French from Latin urgent-, urgens, present participle of urgēre to urge

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/urgency

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

urgency | urgent

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "urgency"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/urgency

Macmillan British Dictionary:

urgency [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "urgency"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/urgency

Macmillan American Dictionary:

urgency [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "urgency"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/urgency

Cambridge Dictionary:

urgent [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "urgency"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "urgency"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/urgent 1

the Free Dictionary:

urgency

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "urgency"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "urgency"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "urgency" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/urgency

Google Dictionary:

urgency | urgencies [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "urgency"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=urgency

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

urgency

Audio: North American pronunciation of "urgency"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=urgenc​01 word=urgency

YourDictionary Audio:

urgency

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "urgency" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/urgency

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