surges, surging, surged
1) N-COUNT: usu sing, usu N in/of n A surge is a sudden large increase in something that has previously been steady, or has only increased or developed slowly.

Specialists see various reasons for the recent surge in inflation...

The anniversary is bound to bring a new surge of interest in Dylan's work.

2) VERB If something surges, it increases suddenly and greatly, after being steady or developing only slowly.

[V from/to/by amount] The Freedom Party's electoral support surged from just under 10 per cent to nearly 17 per cent...

[V-ing] Surging imports will add to the demand for hard currency. [Also V, V amount]

3) VERB If a crowd of people surge forward, they suddenly move forward together.

[V adv/prep] The photographers and cameramen surged forward.

[V adv/prep] ...the crowd surging out from the church.

4) N-COUNT: usu sing with supp, oft N of n A surge is a sudden powerful movement of a physical force such as wind or water.

The whole car shuddered with an almost frightening surge of power...

In the year 1091, London Bridge was destroyed by a tidal surge during a storm.

5) VERB If a physical force such as water or electricity surges through something, it moves through it suddenly and powerfully.

[V adv/prep] Thousands of volts surged through his car after he careered into a lamp post, ripping out live wires...

[V-ing] Fish and seaweed rose, caught motionless in the surging water. [Also V]

6) N-COUNT: usu sing, usu N of n If you feel a surge of a particular emotion or feeling, you experience it suddenly and powerfully.

`It must be very difficult,' said Hunter, feeling a surge of embarrassment for Diane's predicament...

He was overcome by a sudden surge of jealousy.

7) VERB If an emotion or sensation surges in you or through you, you feel it suddenly and powerfully. [LITERARY]

[V in/through n] Nausea surged in him and he retched violently...

[V in/through n] Panic surged through her.

Surge up means the same as surge.

V P in n A slow hatred for Hilton began to surge up in him... V P in n Memories surged up in Don's mind.

English dictionary. 2008.


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