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v. urged, urg·ing, urg·es
1. To force or drive forward or onward; impel.
2. To entreat earnestly and often repeatedly; exhort.
3. To advocate earnestly the doing, consideration, or approval of; press for: urge passage of the bill; a speech urging moderation.
4. To stimulate; excite: "It urged him to an intensity like madness" (D.H. Lawrence).
5. To move or impel to action, effort, or speed; spur.
1. To exert an impelling force; push vigorously.
2. To present a forceful argument, claim, or case.
1. The act of urging.
a. An impulse that prompts action or effort: suppressed an urge to laugh.
b. An involuntary tendency to perform a given activity; an instinct: "There is a human urge to clarify, rationalize, justify" (Leonard Bernstein).

[Latin urgēre.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.urging - a verbalization that encourages you to attempt somethingurging - a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something; "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves"
encouragement - the expression of approval and support
2.urging - the act of earnestly supporting or encouragingurging - the act of earnestly supporting or encouraging
advocacy, protagonism - active support of an idea or cause etc.; especially the act of pleading or arguing for something
3.urging - insistent solicitation and entreaty; "his importunity left me no alternative but to agree"
solicitation - an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status; "a solicitation to the king for relief"
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References in classic literature ?
The snow covered his eyes and the wind seemed intent on stopping him, but bending forward and constantly lapping his coat over and pushing it between himself and the cold harness pad which prevented him from sitting properly, he kept urging the horse on.
The sight of that wormwood tormented by the pitiless wind made Vasili Andreevich shudder, he knew not why, and he hurriedly began urging the horse on, not noticing that when riding up to the wormwood he had quite changed his direction and was now heading the opposite way, though still imagining that he was riding towards where the hut should be.
Morison had been urging his suit once more that evening, and the girl's mind was in such a turmoil that she had been unable to sleep.
The ape-things were dancing up and down urging the brute on with savage cries, until at last, seeing that I did not throw, he charged us.
The nurse, a comfortable looking Griffe woman in white apron and cap, was urging her to return to her bedroom.
As fast as he went, however, I was still beside him, urging him on to greater speed.
Dejah Thoris stood as close to it as she could, whispering words of hope and courage to me, and urging me to save myself.
I could see that those who were not armed with bows were urging something upon the two who were.
At this point, Mr Swiveller took the small servant's hand in his again, and being, as we have seen, but poorly, might in struggling to express his thanks have made his eyes as red as hers, but that she quickly changed the theme by making him lie down, and urging him to keep very quiet.
Inspired by poll body's election awareness campaign, people in the state have started putting up banners, written both in Hindi and Urdu at wedding ceremonies urging people to exercise their franchise on November 28.
The organisation commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts at developing the country, urging him to remain focused in the fight against corruption and be detribalised in making appointments even while putting merit above other considerations.
Shafaq, a child rights champion presented a charter of demands to parliamentarians urging them to expedite the process.