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noun [C] uk   /ɜːdʒ/  us   /ɝːdʒ/
C2 a strong wish, especially one that is difficult or impossible to control: The two of them seem unable to control their sexual urges. [+ to infinitive] The urge to steal is very strong in some of these young men.
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verb [I or T] uk   /ɜːdʒ/  us   /ɝːdʒ/
C1 to strongly advise or try to persuade someone to do a particular thing: [+ to infinitive] Lawyers will urge the parents to take further legal action. [+ that] Investigators urged that safety procedures at the site should be improved. Police urged continued vigilance in the fight against crime. The dogs are urged into fighting more fiercely by loud shouts from the crowd. We shall continue to urge for leniency to be shown to these prisoners.
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noun [C or U] uk   /ˈɜː.dʒɪŋ/  us   /ˈɝː-/
He was happy to comply without any further urging from me. It was only because of Michele's urgings that he sold the house.
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