urgency

When something has urgency it requires speedy action. If your weather report is flashing red and predicting a hurricane with record rainfall, that forecast would give some urgency to getting that hole in your roof fixed.

Urgency comes from the Latin urgere, which means "press, or drive," and it's related to the English word urge. If there's urgency to a situation, it's a pressing issue and you have to respond quickly! Urgency also means an earnest and insistent need. When your friend calls and tells you, "Get into the basement, the hurricane is coming," there would be an urgency in your friend's voice that would make you scurry downstairs to safety.

Definitions of urgency
1

n the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity

Types:
haste, hurry
a condition of urgency making it necessary to hurry
imperativeness, insistence, insistency, press, pressure
the state of demanding notice or attention
criticality, criticalness, cruciality
a state of critical urgency
Type of:
necessity
the condition of being essential or indispensable

n pressing importance requiring speedy action

“the urgency of his need”
Types:
edge, sharpness
the attribute of urgency in tone of voice
imperativeness, instancy
the quality of being insistent
Type of:
importance
the quality of being important and worthy of note

n an urgent situation calling for prompt action

“I'll be there, barring any urgencies
“they departed hurriedly because of some great urgency in their affairs”
Type of:
situation
a complex or critical or unusual difficulty

n insistent solicitation and entreaty

Synonyms:
importunity, urging
Type of:
solicitation
an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status

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