English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'urgent'

(adjective) 
Definition
requiring speedy action or attention
There is an urgent need for food and water.
Synonyms
crucial (informal)
the most crucial election campaign in years
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desperate
Troops are needed to get food to people in desperate need.
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pressing
There is a pressing need for more funds.
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great
his pronouncements on the great political matters of the age
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important
an important economic challenge to the government
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crying
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critical
The incident happened at a critical point in the campaign.
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immediate
The immediate problem is not lack of food, but transportation.
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acute
The war aggravated an acute economic crisis.
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grave
He says the situation in his country is very grave.
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compelling
Another, probably more compelling, factor is that of safety.
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imperative
It's imperative to know your rights at such a time.
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top-priority
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now or never
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not to be delayed
Opposites
, , ,
low-priority
(adjective) 
Definition
earnest and forceful
His mother leaned forward and spoke to him in urgent undertones.
Synonyms
insistent
He is most insistent on this point.
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earnest
Despite their earnest efforts, they failed to win support.
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determined
He is making a determined effort to regain lost ground.
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intense
She is more adult, and more intense than I had imagined.
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persistent
He phoned again this morning – he's very persistent.
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persuasive
a persuasive argument against reform
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resolute
a decisive and resolute international leader
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importunate (formal)
My receptionist shielded me from importunate visitors.
Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of acute
Definition
(of a disease) sudden and severe
The war aggravated an acute economic crisis.
in the sense of compelling
Another, probably more compelling, factor is that of safety.
in the sense of critical
Definition
very important or dangerous
The incident happened at a critical point in the campaign.

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