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URGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does urge mean? 

URGE (noun)
  The noun URGE has 2 senses:

1. an instinctive motive
2. a strong restless desire

  Familiarity information: URGE used as a noun is rare.


URGE (verb)
  The verb URGE has 3 senses:

1. force or impel in an indicated direction
2. push for something
3. urge on or encourage especially by shouts

  Familiarity information: URGE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


URGE (noun)


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Meaning:

An instinctive motive

Classified under:

Nouns denoting goals

Synonyms:

impulse; urge

Context example:

profound religious impulses

Hypernyms ("urge" is a kind of...):

motivation; motive; need (the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "urge"):

abience ((psychology) an urge to withdraw or avoid a situation or an object)

adience ((psychology) an urge to accept or approach a situation or an object)

death instinct; death wish; Thanatos ((psychoanalysis) an unconscious urge to die)

itchy feet; wanderlust (very strong or irresistible impulse to travel)


Sense 2urge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A strong restless desire

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

itch; urge

Context example:

why this urge to travel?

Hypernyms ("urge" is a kind of...):

desire (the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state)


URGE (verb)


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Meaning:

Force or impel in an indicated direction

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

urge; urge on; press; exhort

Context example:

I urged him to finish his studies

Hypernyms (to "urge" is one way to...):

advise; counsel; rede (give advice to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "urge"):

hurry; rush (urge to an unnatural speed)

bear on; push (press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action)

advocate; preach (speak, plead, or argue in favour of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Sentence examples:

Sam cannot urge Sue
They urge him to write the letter


Sense 2urge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Push for something

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

advocate; recommend; urge

Context example:

The travel agent recommended strongly that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day

Hypernyms (to "urge" is one way to...):

advise; propose; suggest (make a proposal, declare a plan for something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 3urge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Urge on or encourage especially by shouts

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

urge on; exhort; pep up; barrack; urge; inspire; cheer

Context example:

The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers

Hypernyms (to "urge" is one way to...):

encourage (inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "urge"):

cheerlead (act as a cheerleader in a sports event)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They urge him to write the letter


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