Definition of urgently in US English:



  • 1In a way which requires immediate action or attention.

    ‘housing is urgently needed’
    ‘this matter has to be addressed urgently’
    ‘police are urgently seeking witnesses to the attack’
    • ‘This now urgently requires leadership by personal example far beyond platitudinous inanities about 'free markets'.’
    • ‘It needed a new kitchen and bathroom, the windows needed replacing urgently, and the roof didn't have much life left.’
    • ‘This issue needs attention desperately and urgently.’
    • ‘What they most urgently need is basic freedom, without which democracy cannot be built.’
    • ‘The intervention of parental authority is urgently called for.’
    1. 1.1 In an earnest and persistent manner.
      ‘she whispered urgently in my ear’
      • ‘The process is repeated, this time with horns providing counterpoint to the urgently strummed guitars.’
      • ‘As he was about to usher Elizabeth into the small dark room, a voice from above urgently cried his name.’
      • ‘I repeatedly, urgently ask my boyfriend, "What's happening?"’
      • ‘In the cramped space at campaign headquarters, he was shouting urgently across a phone line to his lieutenants.’
      • ‘Just then, the servant enters the room and urgently asks Mrs. Bird to follow him into the kitchen.’