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NOUN (3)

1. a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something;
- Example: "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves"
[syn: goad, goading, prod, prodding, urging, spur, spurring]

2. the act of earnestly supporting or encouraging;

3. insistent solicitation and entreaty;
- Example: "his importunity left me no alternative but to agree"
[syn: importunity, urgency, urging]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Urge \Urge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Urged; p. pr. & vb. n. Urging.] [L. urgere; akin to E. wreak. See Wreak, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. To press; to push; to drive; to impel; to force onward. [1913 Webster] Through the thick deserts headlong urged his flight. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. To press the mind or will of; to ply with motives, arguments, persuasion, or importunity. [1913 Webster] My brother never Did urge me in his act; I did inquire it. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To provoke; to exasperate. [R.] [1913 Webster] Urge not my father's anger. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To press hard upon; to follow closely [1913 Webster] Heir urges heir, like wave impelling wave. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 5. To present in an urgent manner; to press upon attention; to insist upon; as, to urge an argument; to urge the necessity of a case. [1913 Webster] 6. To treat with forcible means; to take severe or violent measures with; as, to urge an ore with intense heat. [1913 Webster] Syn: To animate; incite; impel; instigate; stimulate; encourage. [1913 Webster]