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Urgent \Ur"gent\, a. [L. urgens, p. pr. of urgere: cf. F.
   urgent. See Urge.]
   Urging; pressing; besetting; plying, with importunity;
   calling for immediate attention; instantly important. "The
   urgent hour." --Shak.
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         Some urgent cause to ordain the contrary. --Hooker.
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         The Egyptians were urgent upon the people that they
         might send them out of the land in haste. --Ex. xii.
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