urgency noun

ADJ. desperate, extreme, great, utmost a matter of the utmost urgency | added, new The murders have given added urgency to the debate about inner-city crime.

QUANT. note There was a note of urgency in her voice.

VERB + URGENCY give sth, lend sth The bomb attack lent a new urgency to the peace talks. | increase | stress

PREP. with ~ We need to act with urgency to ensure his safety. | ~ about Is there any urgency about this? | ~ in There was an urgency in her movements.

PHRASES a lack of urgency We waited in the car while he checked his tyres with an irritating lack of urgency. | a matter of urgency The refugee situation must now be addressed as a matter of urgency. | a sense of urgency