Translation of "urge" - English-Traditional 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. 他們兩個似乎慾火焚身。
[ + to infinitive ] The urge to steal is very strong in some of these young men. 我們這兒看管的年輕人中有很多人都有很強的偷竊慾望。

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. 律師們會力勸家長們採取進一步的法律行動。
[ + that ] Investigators urged that safety procedures at the site should be improved. 調查人員敦促該工地改進安全規程。
Police urged continued vigilance in the fight against crime. 警方呼籲繼續保持警惕打擊犯罪。
The dogs are urged into fighting more fiercely by loud shouts from the crowd. 人群裡發出的高聲叫喊使這些狗咬鬥得更兇了。
We will continue to urge for leniency to be shown to these prisoners. 我們將繼續呼籲對這些犯人給予寬宥。

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 (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)