Meaning of “urge” in the English 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.
[ + to infinitive ] The urge to steal is very strong in some of these young men.

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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.
[ + 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 will continue to urge for leniency to be shown to these prisoners.

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noun [ C or U ] uk /ˈɜː.dʒɪŋ/ us /ˈɝː.dʒɪŋ/

With their dad's urging, the girls started playing tennis at a young age.
It was only because of Michele's urgings that he sold the house.

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(Definition of “urge” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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urgeverb [ T ]

us /ɜrdʒ/

urge verb [ T ] (ADVISE)

to encourage someone strongly to do something or to ask that something be done:

Party leaders urged her to run for Congress.

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urgenoun [ C ]

us /ɜrdʒ/

urge noun [ C ] (DESIRE)

a strong desire or need:

a human/natural urge
Sometimes I get an urge to go swimming at lunchtime.

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We should however urge caution.
I support him in his urge that we should limit the degree to which the annexes here can be altered by comitology.
I therefore strongly urge the members of my group to give their full support to the compromise that we have reached.
At the same time, we urge the working party to revise its proposal and produce its conclusions in time before the budget for 2003 has to be adopted.
I would urge him to do so for his answer will determine the way in which we decide to vote on the various proposed amendments we have before us.
We urge the young to start early on providing for old age, even though, from a young person's point of view, old age is a long, long way away.
We also urge you to revisit the directive on collective redundancies in order to incorporate the procedures needed to prevent the requirement to inform workers being contravened.
I would, however, urge the meat industry not to adopt a defensive stance in this dossier, but to be proactive instead.
I would therefore urge that we reject the proposal today and arrange for it to be improved so that we can vote for an improved version next time.