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February 1, 2012 - Word of the Day: urgent


The word "urgent" is an adjective that describes something that is very important. It's often used in situations that need immediate attention:

  • I received an email marked "urgent," so I opened it right away.
  • The little boy has an urgent need to use the bathroom. (Notice that the word "need" is a noun in this sentence.)
  • Is this really urgent? Can we wait to do this later?
  • Our supervisor cancelled the meeting because he had an urgent matter to attend to.
  • The group sent out an urgent message requesting some help.

The verb form of this word is "urge." We use "urge" when making a strong recommendation:

  • She urged her son not to drop out of college.
  • I urge you to consider adding more insulation to your attic. You'll save a lot of money on heating bills.
  • The government is urging everyone who lives next to the river to move to higher ground.

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