If you have an urge to eat candy, you really want to eat those sweets. Your mother might urge you to wait until after dinner. As a noun, urge means a desire. As a verb, it means to strongly encourage.

Urge is related to the word, urgent, or 'pressing.' An urge is a pressing want, one that is almost a compulsion, like when you're so frustrated, you have the urge to scream. If you urge someone to do something, you feel strongly about it. You might urge a friend to wear an orange shirt not because you happen to like orange, but because they're walking in the woods during hunting season.

Definitions of urge
  1. verb
    force or impel in an indicated direction
    “I urged him to finish his studies”
    synonyms: exhort, press, urge on
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    hurry, rush
    urge to an unnatural speed
    bear on, push
    press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action
    advocate, preach
    speak, plead, or argue in favor of
    push into action by pestering or annoying gently
    moralise, moralize, preachify, sermonise, sermonize
    speak as if delivering a sermon; express moral judgements
    bull, bull through
    push or force
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    advise, counsel, rede
    give advice to
  2. verb
    push for something
    synonyms: advocate, recommend
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    advise, propose, suggest
    make a proposal, declare a plan for something
  3. verb
    spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts
    synonyms: barrack, cheer, exhort, inspire, pep up, root on, urge on
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    act as a cheerleader in a sports event
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    inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
  4. noun
    an instinctive motive
    synonyms: impulse
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    (psychology) an urge to withdraw or avoid a situation or an object
    (psychology) an urge to accept or approach a situation or an object
    Thanatos, death instinct, death wish
    (psychoanalysis) an unconscious urge to die
    itchy feet, wanderlust
    very strong or irresistible impulse to travel
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    motivation, motive, need
    the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior
  5. noun
    a strong, restless desire
    “why this urge to travel?”
    synonyms: itch
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    the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
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