- 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[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to fill somebody with a strong feeling synonym sweep Relief surged through her.
- 3[intransitive] (of prices, profits, etc.) to suddenly increase in value Share prices surged. related noun upsurge
- 4[intransitive] (of the flow of electrical power) to increase suddenly 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
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//