October 21, 2013 - Word of the Day
The word "urge" is used when there's a strong feeling or a strong motivation. In some cases, "urge" is similar to the words "want" or "need."
In these sentences, the word "urge" is a noun:
- He has a strong urge to join the military.
- The students have an urge to do well on their tests.
- Katrina is fighting the urge for a cigarette. (She wants a cigarette, but she is resisting her addiction.)
- Bob felt an urge to buy some ice cream.
- The urge to speed on an empty highway was the reason Chris got a speeding ticket.
In these sentences, the word "urge" is a verb:
- Mr. Johnson is urging his employees to get flu shots this year.
- The government is urging people to sign up for health insurance if they don't have it already.
- Wally's parents urged him to take the job that was offered to him.
- Maria always urges her children to do their best in school.
- I urge you to start taking your schoolwork more seriously.
The word "urgent" is an adjective.
- She has an urgent need to use the restroom.
- Urgent pleas for help could be heard from the people trapped in the building.
- The increasing pain from a toothache made a trip to the dentist more urgent.
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