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

      

    urge

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɜːdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɜːrdʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they urge
    BrE BrE//ɜːdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɜːrdʒ//
     
    he / she / it urges
    BrE BrE//ˈɜːdʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɜːrdʒɪz//
     
    past simple urged
    BrE BrE//ɜːdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɜːrdʒd//
     
    past participle urged
    BrE BrE//ɜːdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɜːrdʒd//
     
    -ing form urging
    BrE BrE//ˈɜːdʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɜːrdʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to advise or try hard to persuade somebody to do something urge somebody to do something She urged him to stay. Police are urging anyone who saw the accident to contact them immediately. urge that… The report urged that all children be taught to swim. urge (somebody) + speech ‘Why not give it a try?’ she urged (him). Synonymsrecommendadvise advocate urgeThese words all mean to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation.recommend to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation; to say what you think the price or level of something should be:We’d recommend you to book your flight early. a recommended price of $50 advise to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation:I’d advise you not to tell him.recommend or advise?Advise is a stronger word than recommend and is often used when the person giving the advice is in a position of authority:Police are advising fans without tickets to stay away. Police are recommending fans without tickets to stay away. I advise you… can suggest that you know better than the person you are advising: this may cause offence if they are your equal or senior to you. I recommend… mainly suggests that you are trying to be helpful and is less likely to cause offence. Recommend is often used with more positive advice to tell somebody about possible benefits and advise with more negative advice to warn somebody about possible dangers:He advised reading the book before seeing the movie. I would recommend against going out on your own.advocate (formal) to support or recommend something publicly:The group does not advocate the use of violence.urge (formal) to recommend something strongly:The situation is dangerous and the UN is urging caution.Patterns to recommend/​advise/​advocate/​urge that… It is recommended/​advised/​advocated/​urged that… to recommend/​advise/​urge somebody to do something to recommend/​advise/​advocate doing something to strongly recommend/​advise/​advocate somebody/​something
  2. 2  urge something (on/upon somebody) to recommend something strongly The situation is dangerous and the UN is urging caution.
  3. 3urge somebody/something + adv./prep. (formal) to make a person or an animal move more quickly and/or in a particular direction, especially by pushing or forcing them He urged his horse forward.
  4. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin urgere ‘press, drive’.Extra examples He has repeatedly urged the government to do something about this. ‘Get on with it!’ he urged her impatiently. ‘Please come!’ he urged. He urged a tax increase upon congress as a way of damping down consumer spending. The situation is dangerous, but the UN is urging caution. Phrasal Verbsurge somebodyon
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