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



BrE BrE//ɜːdʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//ɜːrdʒ//
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 a strong desire to do something sexual urges urge to do something I had a sudden urge to hit him. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin urgere ‘press, drive’.Extra examples I felt a sudden urge to smash the teapot against the wall. I suppressed a strong urge to yawn. Leaving him off the guest list satisfied her urge for revenge. She resisted the urge to kiss him. an instinctive urge to tap your feet to the beat of the music the human urge to control the environment the primal urge to reproduce Freud claimed that this behaviour was caused by the repression of sexual urges. She felt a violent urge to laugh, but suppressed it, with difficulty. a/​an biological/​instinctive/​primitive need/​urge sexual needs/​urges
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