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Definition of urgent adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1that needs to be dealt with or happen immediately synonym pressing an urgent appeal for information a problem that requires urgent attention “Can I see you for a moment?” “Is it urgent?” Mark the message “urgent,” please. The law is in urgent need of reform. They called an urgent meeting for this evening. (formal) It is urgent that the law be changed.
  2. 2showing that you think that something needs to be dealt with immediately an urgent whisper Her voice sounded urgent on the phone.
noun [uncountable, singular] This is a matter of some urgency. The attack added a new urgency to the peace talks. There was a note of urgency in his voice.
adverb New equipment is urgently needed. I need to speak to her urgently. “We must find him,” she said urgently.
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