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English definition of “urgent”


adjective (IMPORTANT)    /ˈɜː.dʒənt/ US  /ˈɝː-/
B1 needing attention very soon , especially before anything else , because important : He's got to sign that paper - will you tell him it's urgent? The most urgent thing in a fire is to make sure everyone is out of the building . Many people are in urgent need of food and water .Very important or urgent urgency     /-dʒə noun [U] It now is a matter of urgency that aid reaches the famine area .ImportanceUseful or advantageous urgently     /-li/ adverb B1 Help is urgently needed .Very important or urgent
(Definition of urgent adjective (IMPORTANT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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