urge

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v urge force or impel in an indicated direction "I urged him to finish his studies"
    • v urge spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts "The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers"
    • v urge push for something "The travel agent recommended strongly that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day"
    • n urge a strong restless desire "why this urge to travel?"
    • n urge an instinctive motive "profound religious impulses"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lovers in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, should avoid satisfying their lustful urges in a parked car. If the horn accidentally sounds while they are frolicking behind the wheel, the couple can face a jail term.
    • Urge To be pressing in argument; to insist; to persist.
    • Urge To present in an urgent manner; to press upon attention; to insist upon; as, to urge an argument; to urge the necessity of a case.
    • Urge To press hard upon; to follow closely "Heir urges heir, like wave impelling wave."
    • Urge To press onward or forward.
    • Urge To press the mind or will of; to ply with motives, arguments, persuasion, or importunity. "My brother never
      Did urge me in his act; I did inquire it."
    • Urge To press; to push; to drive; to impel; to force onward. "Through the thick deserts headlong urged his flight."
    • Urge To provoke; to exasperate. "Urge not my father's anger."
    • Urge To treat with forcible means; to take severe or violent measures with; as, to urge an ore with intense heat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • urge To press; impel; force onward.
    • urge To hasten laboriously; quicken with effort.
    • urge To press the mind or will of; serve as a motive or impelling cause; impel; constrain; spur.
    • urge To press or ply hard with arguments, entreaties, or the like; request with earnestness; importune; solicit earnestly.
    • urge To press upon attention; present in an earnest manner; press by way of argument or in opposition; insist on; allege in extenuation, justification, or defense: as, to urge an argument; to urge the necessity of a case.
    • urge To ply hard in a contest or an argument; attack briskly.
    • urge To provoke; incite; exasperate.
    • urge To press on or forward.
    • urge To incite; stimulate; impel.
    • urge To make a claim; insist; persist.
    • urge To produce arguments or proofs; make allegations; declare.
    • n urge The act of urging; impulse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Urge urj to press in any way: to drive: to press earnestly: to solicit earnestly: to provoke
    • v.i Urge to incite: to insist: to make allegations
    • n Urge act of urging
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Quotations

  • Joaquin Setanti
    Joaquin Setanti
    “Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
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    “It is the weak man who urges compromise -- never the strong man.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “If a man urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself.”
  • Heywood Broun
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    “The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice so pleasurable that I assume it must be evil.”
  • Arnold Palmer
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    “Concentration, Confidence, Competitive urge, Capacity for enjoyment.”
  • H. L. Mencken
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    “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false face for the urge to rule it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. urgere,; akin to E. wreak,. See Wreak (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

He urged that the rising spirit of disunion at the South should be disarmed by reasonable concessions.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
The ghost urges Hamlet, to avenge his parent, which he swears to do.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
And plunging as the Maria was, urged on by wind and waves and her own powerful engines, it was but an instant before the crisis came.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
The urge is there, it's an overpowering urge, and you got nothing to oppose it with.
"The Night of the Long Knives" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
He was urging the necessity for the quality, 'not plentiful in Ministers,' of despatch.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
His friends urged him to resign.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
An ambitious young solicitor from Brunford, a friend of Paul's, came to urge him to be defended and to offer his services.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Thus he saw that a great deal might be lost by changing his religion, or by urging his followers to change theirs.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
Washington knew Randolph's great worth and eminent abilities, and urged him to accept the office.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
He urged me to stay some little time, and I felt that he wished it.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
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In poetry:

He was her lover, too,
Who urged her so —
"Why should not wattle do
For mistletoe?"
"Under The Wattle" by Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen
Disappointments make us feel
That what we had urged with zeal
Was not truly for our weal,—
Thou guidest:
"Thou Guidest" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
"Nay, Lad, go you within its light,
Nor stay to urge me so—
'Twas on another moonlit night
My heart broke long ago."
"The Silent One" by Theodosia Garrison
Musing on the fate of Daphne,
Many feelings urged my breast,
For the God so keen desiring,
And the Nymph so deep distrest.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
WHY dost thou urge me thus to leave
The gray shore and the busy sea,
Before the autumn learns to grieve
His vanished ecstasy?
"Home" by Annie Adams Fields
Yet after all these I cannot forget the pain
I couldn’t know her more!
One can hardly be nearest to what is beautiful
It ever remains far
When nearer it urges one ever
To know it ever more.
"Shyama -- English Translation" by Rabindranath Tagore

In news:

Obama Urges States to Use Recovery Money Carefully.
Brown urges 'larger tent' for GOP.
Madonna urges support for ' black muslim ' Barack Obama.
Urges USA to turn to God.
Mayor Bloomberg Urges Caution and 'Good Judgment' on Halloween, Cancels Greenwich Village Parade.
Open letter from OU President David Boren : Sooner fans urged to be hospitable.
OU President David Boren is urging Sooner fans to be hospitable to visiting Notre Dame supporters PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN.
Bosnian Serbs back nationalists urging secession in general election.
Police urge caution as motorists hit the road.
Noted Leftist Urges Chávez to Release Ailing Judge.
Every couple of weeks, I get an urge to try the best damn tamales in Southern California, moist, fluffy masa bricks wrapped in banana leaves, rubbed with mole negro and served the Oaxacan way.
Pamela Anderson Urges Alberta to End Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Race.
Tulane President Scott Cowen urges universities to actively overview athletics.
Campaigning for Democrat Lois Murphy in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. Brandon Slattery, left, urges Darrell Smith to vote.
Obama urges tighter controls on nukes.
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In science:

For a more detailed review we urge the reader to consult the excellent report by P.
Physics of Extremely High Energy Cosmic Rays
For more details we urge the reader to consult the recent preprints [39, 42]. A more precise treatment of the two gluon exchange graphs relates ˆσ(x, d⊥ ) to the unintegrated gluon distribution function f (x, l⊥ ), where l⊥ is the transverse momentum in the loop below the quark box.
The dipole picture of small x physics (a summary of the Amirim meeting)
At the same time I would like to urge the organizers to maintain the tradition of giving many time slots to younger speakers (which means substantially younger than yours truly).
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
Jiannis Seiradakis urged me to include the tables of parameters given in the appendix after I promised to put them in the original article, but didn’t.
Binary and Millisecond Pulsars at the New Millennium
The above exciting results urge us to conduct new MIR and FIR surveys.
Discovery of Active Galactic Nuclei in Mid- and Far-Infrared Deep Surveys with ISO
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