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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: Partyleaders urged her to ​run for ​Congress.
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urgenoun [C]

 us   /ɜrdʒ/
  • urge noun [C] (DESIRE)

a ​strongdesire or need: a ​human/​natural urge Sometimes I get an urge to go ​swimming at ​lunchtime.
(Definition of urge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"urge" in British English

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urgenoun [C]

uk   /ɜːdʒ/  us   /ɝːdʒ/
C2 a ​strongwish, ​especially one that is ​difficult or ​impossible to ​control: The two of them ​seemunable to ​controltheirsexual urges. [+ to infinitive] The urge tosteal is very ​strong in some of these ​young men.

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urgeverb [I or T]

uk   /ɜːdʒ/  us   /ɝːdʒ/
C1 to ​stronglyadvise or ​try to ​persuade someone to do a ​particular thing: [+ to infinitive] Lawyers will urge the ​parents to take ​furtherlegalaction. [+ that] Investigators urged thatsafetyprocedures at the ​site should be ​improved. Police urged ​continuedvigilance in the ​fight against ​crime. The ​dogs are urged intofighting more ​fiercely by ​loudshouts from the ​crowd. We will ​continue to urge forleniency to be ​shown to these ​prisoners.

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urging
noun [C or U] uk   /ˈɜː.dʒɪŋ/  us   /ˈɝː-/
With ​their dad's urging, the ​girlsstartedplayingtennis at a ​youngage. It was only because of Michele's urgings that he ​sold the ​house.
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(Definition of urge from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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