Meaning of “urgent” in the English Dictionary

"urgent" in English

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uk /ˈɜː.dʒənt/ us /ˈɝː.dʒənt/

urgent adjective (IMPORTANT)

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.

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noun [ U ] uk /ˈɜː.dʒə us /ˈɝː.dʒə

It now is a matter of urgency that aid reaches the famine area.
adverb uk /ˈɜː.dʒə us /ˈɝː.dʒə


Help is urgently needed.

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

"urgent" in American English

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us /ˈɜr·dʒənt/

needing immediate attention:

The plumbing in this building is in urgent need of repair.
noun [ U ] us /ˈɜr·dʒən·si/

There was a sense of urgency in her voice.
adverb us /ˈɜr·dʒənt·li/

Flood victims urgently need medical care.

(Definition of “urgent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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