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Urge


URGE, verb intransitive [Latin urgeo. This belongs probably to the family of Gr. and Latin arceo.]

1. To press; to push; to drive; to impel; to apply force to, in almost any manner.

And great Achilles urge the Trojan fate.

2. To press the mind or will; to press by motives, arguments, persuasion or importunity.

My broth did urge me in his act.

3. To provoke; to exasperate.

URGE not my father's anger.

4. To follow close; to impel.

Heir urges heir, like wave impelling wave.

5. To labor vehemently; to press with eagerness.

Through the thick deserts headlong urg'd his flight.

6. To press; as, to urge an argument; to urge a petition; to urge the necessity of a case.

7. To importune; to solicit earnestly. He urged his son to withdraw.

8. To apply forcibly; as, to urge an ore with intense heat.

URGE, verb intransitive To press forward; as, he strives to urge upward.