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ur·gent

 (ûr′jənt)
adj.
1. Compelling immediate action or attention; pressing.
2. Conveying a sense of pressing importance: an urgent message.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin urgēns, urgent-, present participle of urgēre, to urge.]

ur′gent·ly adv.
Synonyms: urgent, exigent, pressing, imperative
These adjectives mean compelling immediate attention. Urgent often implies that a matter takes precedence over others: "For I ride on an errand most urgent, and with the first light of morning we must go" (J.R.R. Tolkien).
Exigent and pressing suggest an urgency that requires prompt action: "When once disease was introduced into the rural districts, its effects appeared more horrible, more exigent, and more difficult to cure, than in towns" (Mary Shelley). "The danger now became too pressing to admit of longer delay" (James Fenimore Cooper).
Imperative implies a need or demand whose fulfillment cannot be deferred: "The stricken countries of Europe needed everything and could afford to buy nothing. Financial help was imperative" (David McCullough).

urgent

(ˈɜːdʒənt)
adj
1. requiring or compelling speedy action or attention: the matter is urgent; an urgent message.
2. earnest and persistent
[C15: via French from Latin urgent-, urgens, present participle of urgēre to urge]
urgency n
ˈurgently adv

ur•gent

(ˈɜr dʒənt)

adj.
1. compelling or requiring immediate action or attention; imperative; pressing.
2. insistent or earnest in solicitation; importunate.
3. expressed with insistence.
[1490–1500; < Latin urgent-, s. of urgēns, present participle of urgēre to urge]
ur′gent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.urgent - compelling immediate actionurgent - compelling immediate action; "too pressing to permit of longer delay"; "the urgent words `Hurry! Hurry!'"; "bridges in urgent need of repair"
imperative - requiring attention or action; "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"

urgent

adjective
1. crucial, desperate, pressing, great, important, crying, critical, immediate, acute, grave, instant, compelling, imperative, top-priority, now or never, exigent, not to be delayed There is an urgent need for food and water.
crucial minor, trivial, unimportant, low-priority
2. insistent, earnest, determined, intense, persistent, persuasive, resolute, clamorous, importunate His mother leaned forward and spoke to him in urgent undertones.
insistent casual, apathetic, lackadaisical, weak, feeble, perfunctory, half-hearted

urgent

adjective
1. Compelling immediate attention:
2. Firm or obstinate, as in making a demand or maintaining a stand:
Translations
عَاجِلمُلِح، ماسٌ
naléhavý
presserende
kiireellinen
hitan
áríîandi
緊急の
긴급한
skubumas
neatliekamssteidzīgs
nujen
brådskande
ที่จำเป็นเร่งด่วน
khẩn cấp

urgent

[ˈɜːdʒənt] ADJ
1. (= imperative) [matter, business, case, message] → urgente
he needs urgent medical treatmentnecesita tratamiento médico urgente or urgentemente
is this urgent?¿es urgente?, ¿corre prisa esto?
it is urgent that I see himtengo que verlo urgentemente
there is an urgent need for waterse necesita urgentemente agua, hay una necesidad apremiante de agua
to be in urgent need of sthnecesitar algo urgentemente
2. (= earnest, persistent) [tone] → de urgencia, insistente; [voice] → insistente; [plea, appeal] → urgente

urgent

[ˈɜːrənt] adj
(= pressing) [problem, matter, business, need] → urgent(e)
Is it urgent? → C'est urgent?
(= imploring) [plea, tone] → pressant(e)

urgent

adj
dringend; is it urgent? (= important)ist es dringend?; (= needing speed)eilt es?; to be in urgent need of medical attentiondringend ärztliche Hilfe benötigen; urgent letterEilbrief m; the letter was marked “urgent”der Brief trug einen Dringlichkeitsvermerk
(= insistent) tone, pleadringend, dringlich; (= hurrying) stepseilig; he was very urgent about the need for swift actioner betonte nachdrücklich, wie notwendig schnelles Handeln sei

urgent

[ˈɜːdʒnt] adj
a. (message, need) → urgente
b. (earnest, persistent, plea) → pressante; (tone) → insistente, incalzante

urgent

(ˈəːdʒənt) adjective
needing immediate attention. There is an urgent message for the doctor.
ˈurgently adverb
ˈurgency noun
need for immediate action, speed etc. This is a matter of great urgency.

urgent

عَاجِل naléhavý presserende dringend επείγων urgente kiireellinen urgent hitan urgente 緊急の 긴급한 urgent presserende pilny urgente срочный brådskande ที่จำเป็นเร่งด่วน ivedi khẩn cấp 紧急的

urgent

a. urgente, emergente.

urgent

adj urgente
References in classic literature ?
The news had been brought, toward the decline of a day in midsummer, by an Indian runner, who also bore an urgent request from Munro, the commander of a work on the shore of the "holy lake," for a speedy and powerful reinforcement.
Their sites had been anticipated by more urgent buildings and mining works, unfortunately not considered in the sanguine dreams of the enthusiasts, and, more significant still, their cost and expense had been also anticipated by the enormous outlay of their earnings in the work upon Devil's Ditch.
And if he have time, amid the press of more urgent matters, he must take measures for the renewal of Mrs.
And when after gaining his own deck, and his own pivot-hole there, he so vehemently wheeled round with an urgent command to the steersman (it was, as ever, something about his not steering inflexibly enough); then, the already shaken ivory received such an additional twist and wrench, that though it still remained entire, and to all appearances lusty, yet Ahab did not deem it entirely trustworthy.
The rest yielded to Miss Ophelia's urgent representations, that their master's safety depended on their stillness and obedience.
What makes this duty the more urgent is that fact that the country so overrun is not our own, but ours is the invading army.
He jumped for the stair-foot, and closed the door behind him; and as he snatched his candle and fled upward, the stillness of the night was broken by the sound of urgent footsteps approaching the house.
The two smaller children sang together, and Rebecca, at the urgent request of Mrs.
He perfectly knew his own meaning; and having warmly protested against her suspicion as most injurious, and slightly touched upon his respect for Miss Smith as her friend, but acknowledging his wonder that Miss Smith should be mentioned at all,he resumed the subject of his own passion, and was very urgent for a favourable answer.
Their visitors, except those from Barton Park, were not many; for, in spite of Sir John's urgent entreaties that they would mix more in the neighbourhood, and repeated assurances of his carriage being always at their service, the independence of Mrs.
My father and brother had not made my marriage known to their acquaintance; because, in the very first letter I wrote to apprise them of the union--having already begun to experience extreme disgust of its consequences, and, from the family character and constitution, seeing a hideous future opening to me--I added an urgent charge to keep it secret: and very soon the infamous conduct of the wife my father had selected for me was such as to make him blush to own her as his daughter-in-law.
Noel, which I have not mentioned yet, but which is no less urgent in its way than the necessity of the will.