I UK [ɜː(r)dʒ] / US [ɜrdʒ] verb [transitive]
Word forms "urge":
present tense I/you/we/they urge he/she/it urges present participle urging past tense urged past participle urged
a) to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take
urge someone to do something:

The UN has urged them to honour the peace treaty.

urge that:

We urge that systems be put in place to prevent such accidents.

b) to say that something is important, good, or useful in a particular situation

He urged restraint in dealing with the protesters.

urge something upon/on someone:

The police are urging caution upon residents in view of the attacks.

2) to make a person or animal move in a particular direction
urge forwards/towards:

He urged the horse forwards.

Phrasal verbs:
II UK [ɜː(r)dʒ] / US [ɜrdʒ] noun [countable]
Word forms "urge":
singular urge plural urges
a strong feeling of wanting or needing to do something
urge to do something:

Suddenly I had an overwhelming urge to kiss him.

Jack fought the urge to fall asleep.

Adjectives frequently used with urge
▪  irresistible, overwhelming, powerful, strong, sudden, uncontrollable, violent

English dictionary. 2014.


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