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Meaning of IMPORTUNE

Pronunciation:  `impor'toon

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  beg persistently and urgently; "I importune you to help them"

IMPORTUNE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: insist
 See Also: beg, besiege, implore, pray



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im`por*tune"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Importuned}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Importuning}.] [From {Importune}, a.: cf. F.
    1. To request or solicit, with urgency; to press with
       frequent, unreasonable, or troublesome application or
       pertinacity; hence, to tease; to irritate; to worry.
             Their ministers and residents here have perpetually
             importuned the court with unreasonable demands.
    2. To import; to signify. [Obs.] ``It importunes death.''
  2. \Im`por*tune"\, v. i.
    To require; to demand. [Obs.]
          We shall write to you, As time and our concernings
          shall importune.                         --Shak.
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