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"Urgencia" is a noun which is often translated as "urgency", and "urgente" is an adjective which is often translated as "urgent". Learn more about the difference between "urgencia" and "urgente" below.
urgencia(
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (hurry)
a. urgency
La urgencia de salir hizo que se olvidara la documentación en casa.HIs urgency in leaving made him forget his ID at home.
2. (urgent need)
a. emergency
Mamá, por favor, abre la puerta. Es una urgencia, ¡me estoy meando mucho!Mom, please open the door. It's an emergency. I really need to pee!
3. (medicine)
a. emergency
El doctor está atendiendo una urgencia y regresará a la consulta lo antes posible.The doctor is dealing with an emergency and will be back in the office as soon as possible.
b. emergency case
Acaba de llegar una urgencia. Dile a la enfermera que localice al doctor de guardia.An emergency case has just come in. Tell the nurse to go find the doctor on call.
urgencias
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (medicine)
a. emergency room
Al niño no le baja la fiebre. Lo mejor será llevarlo a urgencias.The boy's fever isn't going down. We'd better take him to the emergency room.
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urgente(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (high-priority)
a. urgent
No encuentro a María y tengo algo urgente que decirle.I can't find Maria and I have something urgent to tell her.
b. pressing
Tenemos que resolver esto cuanto antes porque es un asunto urgente.We have to solve this as soon as possible because it's a pressing issue.
c. express (mail)
Te envié un paquete urgente para que lo recibieras esta misma tarde.I sent you an express package so that you would get it this very evening.
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