Translation of "urge" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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urgenoun [ 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. 他们两个似乎欲火焚身。
[ + to infinitive ] The urge to steal is very strong in some of these young men. 我们这儿看管的年轻人中有很多人都有很强的偷窃欲望。

More examples

  • She felt an overwhelming urge to tell someone about what had happened.
  • I can never resist the urge to laugh.
  • a primal urge to connect with nature
  • I had a sudden urge to slap him in the face.
  • She had to fight the overwhelming urge to kiss him.

urgeverb [ 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. 律师们会力劝家长们采取进一步的法律行动。
[ + that ] Investigators urged that safety procedures at the site should be improved. 调查人员敦促该工地改进安全规程。
Police urged continued vigilance in the fight against crime. 警方呼吁继续保持警惕打击犯罪。
The dogs are urged into fighting more fiercely by loud shouts from the crowd. 人群里发出的高声叫喊使这些狗咬斗得更凶了。
We will continue to urge for leniency to be shown to these prisoners. 我们将继续呼吁对这些犯人给予宽宥。

More examples

  • Newspaper editors are being urged not to intrude into the grief of the families of missing servicemen.
  • The president urged other countries to lift the trade restrictions.
  • The World Bank is being urged to write off debts from developing countries.
  • People were urged to boycott the country's products.
  • He again urged approval of a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion.

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(Translation of “urge” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)