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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin, present participle of urgere; URGE1

urgent

adjective
     
ur‧gent S3
1 very important and needing to be dealt with immediately:
He was in urgent need of medical attention.
The report called for urgent action to reduce lead in petrol.
an urgent message
2 formal done or said in a way that shows that you want something to be dealt with immediately:
an urgent whisper
urgency noun [uncountable]
a matter of great urgency
urgently adverb

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