From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishurgeurge1 /ɜːdʒ $ ɜːrdʒ/ ●●○W3 verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 1ADVISEto strongly suggest that someone does somethingurge somebody to do something 🔊 I got a note from Moira urging me to get in touch.urge that 🔊 He urged that a referendum should be held by December.urge something on/upon somebody 🔊 I have urged upon him the need for extreme secrecy. 🔊 The charity urged quick action.► see thesaurus at advise, recommend2[always + adverb/preposition] formalTELL/ORDER somebody TO DO something to make someone or something move by shouting, pushing them etcurge somebody/something forward 🔊 He urged her forward, his hand under her elbow.urge somebody into/towards something 🔊 She began urging him towards the front door. →urge somebody ↔ on→ See Verb table
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urge• Police are urgingdrivers not to come into London this weekend.• The company's bosses are urging full cooperation with the tradeunion.• Lori dominated the table and Travis urged her on with a few well-chosen words.• This has often led him to tightenmonetarypolicy while everybody around was urging him to ease.• What induced them to do this is not known, but Creon urged it and Oedipus' sons consented to it.• She had urged me to go out on my own, to start my own company.• He urgednewspapers not to identifycriminals by religion.• Herrera urgedpatience in the negotiations.• He gave copies of the report to all those present at the meeting, urging that they read and digest its contents.• It is believed to be the first time a developer has urged the Government to schedule an archaeological site.• They urge their students to see the parallels between the lives they are studying and their own.urge something on/upon somebody• During summervacation, Mrs. White regularly urged books on me.urgeurge2 ●●○ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 WANTa strong wish or need syn desireurge to do something 🔊 He could no longer resist the urge to go and see Amanda. 🔊 Suddenly she had an overwhelming urge to be with her son.COLLOCATIONSadjectivesstrong/powerfulThe urge was too strong to resist.an irresistible/uncontrollable/overwhelming urge (=very strong)I was overcome by an irresistible urge to laugh.a sudden urgeShe fought back the sudden urge to beg his forgiveness.a sexual/biological urgeMost of us feel the biological urge to reproduce.a primal/instinctive/basic/natural urge (=a natural urge that all people have)Every animal has an instinctive urge to survive.verbsfeel/have an urgeI still sometimes feel an urge to have a cigarette.resist/fight/suppress an urgeShe had to resist a constant urge to look back over her shoulder.satisfy an urge (=do want you feel you want to do)He satisfied his urge to travel by going to India.give in to an urge (=do what you feel you want to do, when this is wrong)I try not to give in to the urge to gossip.