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Definition of surge verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    surge

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//sɜːdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɜːrdʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they surge
    BrE BrE//sɜːdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɜːrdʒ//
     
    he / she / it surges
    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːdʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrdʒɪz//
     
    past simple surged
    BrE BrE//sɜːdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɜːrdʒd//
     
    past participle surged
    BrE BrE//sɜːdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɜːrdʒd//
     
    -ing form surging
    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːdʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrdʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move quickly and with force in a particular direction The gates opened and the crowd surged forward. Flood waters surged into their homes. He surged past the other runners on the last lap.
  2. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to fill somebody with a strong feeling synonym sweep Relief surged through her.
  3. 3[intransitive] (of prices, profits, etc.) to suddenly increase in value Share prices surged. related noun upsurge
  4. 4[intransitive] (of the flow of electrical power) to increase suddenly
  5. Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘fountain, stream’): the noun (in early use) from Old French sourgeon; the verb partly from the Old French stem sourge-, based on Latin surgere ‘to rise’. Early senses of the verb included ‘rise and fall on the waves’ and ‘swell with great force’.Extra examples A large wave sent water surging up towards them. Her heart thumped and blood surged through her veins. Inflation surged 2 500 per cent in 2006. Profits from cigarettes surged to $225m last year. The gates opened and the crowd surged forwards.
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