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verb [transitive] urge pronunciation in British English /ɜː(r)dʒ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyurge
he/she/iturges
present participleurging
past tenseurged
past participleurged

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  1. 1
    to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take
    urge someone to do something:

    The UN has urged them to honour the peace treaty.

    urge that:

    We urge that systems be put in place to prevent such accidents.

    1. a.
      to say that something is important, good, or useful in a particular situation

      He urged restraint in dealing with the protesters.

      urge something upon/on someone:

      The police are urging caution upon residents in view of the attacks.

  2. 2
    to make a person or animal move in a particular direction
    urge forwards/towards:

    He urged the horse forwards.

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