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urgent

Definition:

compelling immediate action

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

urge | urgency

Derivative:

urgently

Comparative:

more urgent

Superlative:

most urgent

Similar to:

imperative

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

bridges in urgent need of repair

Synonyms:

pressing

Etymology:

Middle French urgent "pressing, impelling" (14th century), from Latin urgentem...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

urgent

requiring or compelling speedy action or attention, | earnest and persistent (10 of 422 words, 2 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Merriam-Webster:

urgent | importunate [synonym, sense-specific] | pressing [synonym, sense-specific] | burning [synonym, sense-specific] | clamant [synonym, sense-specific] | compelling [synonym, sense-specific] | critical [synonym, sense-specific] | crying [synonym, sense-specific] | dire [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

calling for immediate attention; "pressing" ; conveying a sense of urgency | urging insistently; "importunate" (14 of 150 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

urgent | urgently [adverb, related]

urgent things are things that you need to deal with immediately ; used ... | expressing the feeling of wanting something very much or wanting it ... (25 of 125 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

urgent | urgently [derived]

requiring immediate action or attention | (of an action or event) done or arranged in response to an urgent situation | (of a person or their manner) ... (25 of 86 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/urgent

Wikipedia:

Urgent [disambiguation]

may refer to: Urgent (song), a 1981 song by Foreigner | Urgent (Canadian band), a 1980's band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Urgent (American band), a 1980's band from New York City | Urgent! Records, a former record company (36 of 86 words, 4 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Urgent

Cambridge Dictionary:

urgent [entry 1] | urgency [noun, derived] | urgently [adverb, derived]

needing attention very soon, especially before anything else, because important (10 of 63 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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

urgent [entry 2, formal] | urgency [noun, derived] | urgently [adverb, derived]

(especially of a person's actions) repeated and determined in trying to get or do something (15 of 44 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/urgent 2

American Heritage Dictionary:

urgent | urgently [adverb, related]

Compelling immediate action or attention; pressing. | Insistent or importunate | Conveying a sense of pressing importance (15 of 45 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/urgent

Random House Dictionary:

urgent

compelling or requiring immediate action or attention; imperative; pressing. | insistent or earnest in solicitation; importunate, as a person. | ... (18 of 44 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/urgent

New World Dictionary:

urgent | urgently [adverb, related]

calling for haste, immediate action, etc.; grave; pressing | insistent; importunate (10 of 28 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/urgent

Wiktionary:

urgent | pressing [synonym]

Requiring immediate attention. (3 of 15 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/urgent

Columbia Encyclopedia:

mood | mode | imperative | indicative | optative | subjunctive

in verb inflection, the forms of a verb that indicate its manner of doing or being. In English the forms are called indicative (for direct statement ... (26 of 163 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0833905​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

urgent

calling for immediate action or attention | showing earnestness or the desire for something to be done quickly (17 of 48 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861708762​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

urgent

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: Middle French urgent "pressing, impelling" (14th century), from Latin urgentem (nominative urgens), present participle of ... (17 of 22 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=urgent

New World Dictionary:

urgent

Origin: Late Middle English from Middle French from Latin urgens, present participle of urgere, to press hard, urge

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/urgent

Oxford Dictionary:

urgent

First use: late 15th century

Origin: Old French, from Latin urgent- "pressing, driving", from the verb urgere (see "urge")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/urgent

Merriam-Webster:

urgent

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin urgent-, urgens, present participle of urgēre

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

American Heritage Dictionary:

urgent

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin urgēns, urgent-, present participle of urgēre, to urge.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/urgent

Collins Dictionary:

urgent

First use: 15th century

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

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

Wiktionary:

urgent

Origin: Latin urgentem ('pressing') from urgere ('to press').

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/urgent

Encarta Dictionary:

urgent

First use: 15th century

Origin: French from Latin urgent-, present participle of urgere "push, press, compel"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861708762​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

urgent

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "urgent"

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Collins Dictionary:

urgent

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "urgent"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "urgent"

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

urgent

Audio: British English pronunciation of "urgent"

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

Macmillan American Dictionary:

urgent

Audio: North American pronunciation of "urgent"

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

urgent [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "urgent"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "urgent"

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

the Free Dictionary:

urgent

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "urgent"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "urgent"

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

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Google Dictionary:

urgent

Audio: English pronunciation of "urgent"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

urgent

Audio: North American pronunciation of "urgent"

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

YourDictionary Audio:

urgent

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

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