Synonyms of urge
1 begDictionary • They urged parliament to approve plans for their reform programme.
beg • I begged him to come back to England with me.
exhort (formal) • Kennedy exhorted his listeners to turn away from violence.
press • The trade unions are pressing him to stand firm.
prompt • The recession has prompted consumers to cut back on buying cars.
plead • He was kneeling on the floor pleading for mercy.
put pressure on
solicit • They were soliciting Nader's supporters to re-register as Republicans.
goad • He goaded me into taking direct action.
implore • 'Tell me what to do!' she implored him.
enjoin • She enjoined me strictly not to tell anyone else.
beseech • She beseeched him to cut his drinking and smoking.
pressurize • He thought she was trying to pressurize him into marriage.
entreat • They entreated the audience to stay calm.
twist someone's arm (informal)
put the heat on (informal)
put the screws on (informal)
2 advocateDictionary • He urged restraint on the security forces.
advocate • He advocates fewer government controls on business.
suggest • I suggest you ask him some specific questions about his past.
recommend • I recommend that you consult your doctor.
advise • I would strongly advise against it.
back • He is backed by the civic movement.
support • I've supported Newcastle all my miserable life.
champion • He passionately championed the poor.
counsel • My advisors counselled me to do nothing.
endorse • I can endorse this statement wholeheartedly.
impulseDictionary • He had an urge to open a shop of his own.
impulse • He resisted an impulse to smile.
longing • He felt a longing for the familiar.
wish • Clearly she had no wish for his company.
desire • I had a strong desire to help and care for people.
fancy • His interest was just a passing fancy.
drive • compelling, dynamic sex drives
yen (informal) • Mike had a yen to try cycling.
hunger • He has a hunger for success that seems bottomless.
appetite • our growing appetite for scandal
craving • He had a sudden craving for a glass of brandy.
yearning • He spoke of his yearning for another child.
itch (informal) • an insatiable itch to switch from channel to channel
thirst • their ever-growing thirst for cash
compulsion • He felt a compulsion to talk about his ex-wife all the time.
hankering • Have you always had a hankering to be an actress?
PHRASAL VERB:▷ urge someone on
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adviseIf you advise someone to do something, you tell them what you think they should do.
• I would strongly advise against it.
advocateIf you advocate a particular action or plan, you recommend it publicly.
• He advocates fewer government controls on business.
hold a brief for (informal)
hold a brief for (informal)
appetiteSomeone's appetite for something is their strong desire for it.
• our growing appetite for scandal
Thesaurus for urge from the Collins English Thesaurus
to plead, press, or move (someone to do something)
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