Definition of urgency in English:

urgency

noun

  • 1Importance requiring swift action.

    ‘the discovery of the ozone hole gave urgency to the issue of CFCs’
    • ‘It will now address as a matter of urgency the form that this independent body should take.’
    • ‘Because larger infants have greater nutrient reserves, the urgency to start nutrition support is much less than in smaller infants.’
    • ‘No doubt in some cases, at least, delays have occurred because the authority investigation was seen as having less immediate urgency than other work on which an officer was engaged.’
    • ‘We propose that a dispute meeting be held as a matter of urgency but not later than seven days from today, 2 June 2004.’
    • ‘Yet, the dispersion of education only underscores with renewed urgency the significance of formal spheres of learning.’
    • ‘And as these numbers are revealed, the urgency is increased, the size grows, and it will take a little more time.’
    • ‘Today, of course, its mission has an urgency not anticipated a decade ago.’
    • ‘The event came out with all the hilarity associated with such events, since it is normal for the clues to be misinterpreted in a situation of urgency.’
    • ‘But despite the urgency of Africa's situation it is resoundingly clear that poverty, even extreme poverty, just doesn't sell papers.’
    • ‘"This raises further questions and it will be something I shall raise as a matter of urgency," he said.’
    • ‘Their grim task is given urgency by the knowledge that some 250 firefighters and police officers are entombed in the wreckage.’
    • ‘"I don't get yelled at that often," Allison recalls, "so there must have been some urgency."’
    • ‘As well as communicating the urgency of the moment, this form of expression had the effect of attributing a sense of agency to the subject of the photograph.’
    • ‘A sense of urgency underlies the need to take action in the open access to law.’
    • ‘Now, moreover, with the nation in an economic downturn, is not the time to assert the urgency of passing referendum legislation.’
    • ‘If there are relative statistics which will heighten the readers awareness of the urgency of the problem or situation, utilize them to establish the centrality of your argument.’
    • ‘Reform of the social model is therefore a matter of urgency.’
    • ‘Despite the urgency of the situation, once again crucial years passed before more appropriate drug policies were implemented.’
    • ‘The urgency of chemical treatments in Nova Scotia emerged only in the subsequent budworm cycle, with the massive infestation of the early 1970s.’
    • ‘That subject isn't new, but it has resurfaced with renewed urgency.’
    importance, top priority, imperativeness, weight, weightiness, gravity, necessity, exigency, seriousness, momentousness, cruciality, extremity, hurry, haste
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  • 2An earnest and persistent quality; insistence.

    ‘Emilia heard the urgency in his voice’
    • ‘By closing down with such vigour, Livingston forced the game into an untidy state, the action became hurried and so every pass and challenge seemed to quiver with anxious urgency.’
    • ‘And if they lost a little urgency, throttled back just a shade in the second-half, then it was hardly surprising considering their supremacy and the inevitability of the title outcome.’
    • ‘That's a question investors, executives, and politicians are asking with increasing urgency.’
    • ‘But there is a youthful urgency and energy to the writing.’
    • ‘The F sharp minor Capriccio seethes with tension and urgency in its outer sections and the ensuing B minor Capriccio is delightfully playful and chipper.’
    • ‘They play with an urgency that belies their extensive and rather intensive gigging schedule.’
    • ‘"We have to find a way to bring our people closer together, to show more patience and understanding," Ramon told me with urgency in his voice.’
    • ‘I was sat writing my diary; he wandered over, smelling faintly of solvents, and told me, with some urgency, that I should, "Just keep screaming!"’
    • ‘The rhythmic urgency of the second movement Allegro was striking.’
    • ‘At that very moment, Richard appeared in the open doorway, a look of urgency in his eyes.’
    • ‘Even caught by the song's urgency, she cries out in pain when he moves it too fast.’
    • ‘It's early, but you have to start playing with urgency sometime.’
    insistence, persistence, determination, resolution, tenacity, obstinacy, doggedness
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Pronunciation

urgency

/ˈərdʒənsi//ˈərjənsē/