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English noun: urge

1. urge (motive) an instinctive motive

SamplesProfound religious impulses.


Broader (hypernym)motivation, motive, need

Narrower (hyponym)abience, adience, death instinct, death wish, itchy feet, Thanatos, wanderlust

2. urge (feeling) a strong restless desire

SamplesWhy this urge to travel?.


Broader (hypernym)desire

English verb: urge

1. urge (communication) force or impel in an indicated direction

SamplesI urged him to finish his studies.

ExamplesSam cannot urge Sue , They urge him to write the letter

Synonymsexhort, press, urge on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)advise, counsel, rede

Narrower (hyponym)advocate, bear on, hurry, preach, push, rush

2. urge (communication) push for something

SamplesThe travel agent recommended strongly that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day.

Synonymsadvocate, recommend

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)advise, propose, suggest

3. urge (communication) spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts

SamplesThe crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers.

ExamplesThey urge him to write the letter

Synonymsbarrack, cheer, exhort, inspire, pep up, root on, urge on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)encourage

Narrower (hyponym)cheerlead

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