Definition of urgent in English:



  • 1Requiring immediate action or attention.

    ‘an urgent demand for more state funding’
    • ‘This is an urgent debate, and we have to start looking at fundamental flaws in the system.’
    • ‘Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about.’
    • ‘The Commissioner said the changes were urgent and had to be made now, not in four years time.’
    • ‘The meeting is urgent because the 56 days that members have to oppose plans are up on April 30.’
    • ‘Now, with the arrival of the East London Line extension set for 2010, it feels change is more urgent than ever.’
    • ‘It is urgent that immediate action is taken to protect the graves.’
    • ‘The challenge is to balance the planned work on my caseload with the urgent matters that need attention.’
    • ‘Our challenges in health care and nursing continue to be more immediate and urgent.’
    • ‘If the situation seemed urgent, the receptionist would notify the police or emergency centre.’
    • ‘These are the urgent issues that need attention, with special reference also to gender.’
    • ‘They have worked in dreadful conditions for years and this is a very urgent situation.’
    • ‘Scott says that the reasons which were mooted two years ago for the merger remain the same today, only now they're more urgent.’
    • ‘There is an urgent debate to be had: how does counter-consumerism maintain the rage?’
    • ‘Further attacks remain a real possibility, so action to protect our citizens is urgent.’
    • ‘The pressure for change is urgent, however, and only politics can span the gap.’
    • ‘The question of professional refereeing is an urgent issue that needs immediate attention.’
    • ‘Mr. Wright concluded that there was nothing urgent requiring immediate attention.’
    • ‘The approach of the Himalayan winter is making a desperate situation even more urgent.’
    • ‘Building an independent, rank and file network across the unions becomes all the more urgent in this situation.’
    • ‘With half of India set to live in cities by 2020, he says the need to engage urban voters is urgent.’
    acute, grave, pressing, dire, desperate, critical, crucial, sore, serious, intense, crying, burning, compelling, drastic, extreme
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  • 2(of an action or event) done or arranged in response to an urgent situation.

    ‘she needs urgent treatment’
    • ‘We also subsidise veterinary fees for the people of Bolton and districts that require urgent help and have done so for many years.’
    • ‘After reading the report in the local press, I feel the matter requires urgent clarification.’
    • ‘This is an omission in the statute which requires urgent attention.’
    • ‘The authorities must pay urgent attention to the growing statistics of homeless families.’
    • ‘I don't think I have anything to do that has an urgent deadline or immediately requires my attention.’
    • ‘We have the shoppers and the school cars and urgent additional parking is required.’
    • ‘There were not enough of us to make the originally planned expedition viable, and an urgent alternative was required.’
    • ‘School finances in the city are in a critical state and require urgent action to put them right, a new report says.’
    • ‘There are a large number of schools in other parts of the country and in my own constituency which require urgent work.’
    • ‘Any symptoms that affect your mental health require urgent medical attention.’
    • ‘More than half of cancer patients requiring an urgent referral are having to wait longer than two months.’
    • ‘The temples require urgent restoration by skilled craftsmen who work on heritage structures.’
    • ‘The action at Heathrow requires an urgent answer and immediate steps to ensure that this happens.’
    • ‘That would be appropriate if a particular threat required urgent measures.’
    • ‘The child required urgent medical attention but did not develop long term adverse effects.’
    • ‘This issue requires urgent attention from researchers, regulatory bodies, and the public.’
    • ‘Such matters require urgent national and international publicity and review.’
    • ‘Police are warning anyone who drinks it and feels ill to seek urgent medical attention.’
    • ‘These houses now require urgent investment and refurbishment before they can be allocated.’
    • ‘Patients requiring urgent care were treated within days and prioritised patients within six weeks.’
    emergency, high-priority, top-priority, important, vital, crucial
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    1. 2.1 (of a person or their manner) earnest and persistent.
      ‘an urgent whisper’
      • ‘The tone of your letter can be folksy and conversational or urgent and earnest.’
      • ‘He was urgent, almost angry, in his passion and the whole thing left me feeling unfulfilled.’
      insistent, persistent, determined, resolute, tenacious, obstinate, dogged, pressing, unrelenting
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Late 15th century: from Old French, from Latin urgent- ‘pressing, driving’, from the verb urgere (see urge).