urge
I. verb (urged; urging) Etymology: Latin urgēre to press, push, entreat — more at wreak Date: circa 1555 transitive verb 1. to present, advocate, or demand earnestly or pressingly <
his conviction was upheld on a theory never urged at his…trial — Leon Friedman
>
2. to undertake the accomplishment of with energy, swiftness, or enthusiasm <
urge the attack
>
3. a. solicit, entreat <
urged him to keep trying
>
b. to serve as a motive or reason for <
urged by a sense of duty
>
4. to force or impel in an indicated direction or into motion or greater speed <
the dog urged the sheep toward the gate
>
5. stimulate, provoke <
urge not my father's anger — Shakespeare
>
intransitive verb to declare, advance, or press earnestly a statement, argument, charge, or claim <
urgeed for the adoption of the proposal
>
urger noun II. noun Date: circa 1618 1. the act or process of urging 2. a force or impulse that urges; especially a continuing impulse toward an activity or goal

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