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im·por·tune

 (ĭm′pôr-to͞on′, -tyo͞on′, ĭm-pôr′chən)
v. im·por·tuned, im·por·tun·ing, im·por·tunes
v.tr.
1. To make an earnest request of (someone), especially insistently or repeatedly: "A dozen reporters importuned every passing ambassador to speak to them" (Felicity Barringer).
2. Archaic
a. To ask for (something) urgently or repeatedly.
b. To annoy; vex.
v.intr.
To plead or urge irksomely, often persistently.
adj. Archaic
Importunate.

[French importuner, from Old French importun, inopportune, from Latin importūnus : in-, not; see in-1 + portus, port, refuge; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

im′por·tune′ly adv.
im′por·tun′er n.

importune

(ɪmˈpɔːtjuːn)
vb (tr)
1. to harass with persistent requests; demand of (someone) insistently
2. to beg for persistently; request with insistence
3. obsolete
a. to anger or annoy
b. to force; impel
[C16: from Latin importūnus tiresome, from im- in-1 + -portūnus as in opportūnus opportune]
imˈportuner n
ˌimporˈtunity, imˈportunacy n

im•por•tune

(ˌɪm pɔrˈtun, -ˈtyun, ɪmˈpɔr tʃən)

v. -tuned, -tun•ing,
adj. v.t.
1. to urge or press with excessive persistence.
2. to trouble; annoy.
3. Archaic. to beg for urgently or persistently.
v.i.
4. to make urgent or persistent solicitations.
adj.
5. importunate.
[1350–1400; Middle English (adj.) < Latin importūnus unsuitable, troublesome, relentless]
im`por•tune′ly, adv.
im`por•tun′er, n.

importune


Past participle: importuned
Gerund: importuning

Imperative
importune
importune
Present
I importune
you importune
he/she/it importunes
we importune
you importune
they importune
Preterite
I importuned
you importuned
he/she/it importuned
we importuned
you importuned
they importuned
Present Continuous
I am importuning
you are importuning
he/she/it is importuning
we are importuning
you are importuning
they are importuning
Present Perfect
I have importuned
you have importuned
he/she/it has importuned
we have importuned
you have importuned
they have importuned
Past Continuous
I was importuning
you were importuning
he/she/it was importuning
we were importuning
you were importuning
they were importuning
Past Perfect
I had importuned
you had importuned
he/she/it had importuned
we had importuned
you had importuned
they had importuned
Future
I will importune
you will importune
he/she/it will importune
we will importune
you will importune
they will importune
Future Perfect
I will have importuned
you will have importuned
he/she/it will have importuned
we will have importuned
you will have importuned
they will have importuned
Future Continuous
I will be importuning
you will be importuning
he/she/it will be importuning
we will be importuning
you will be importuning
they will be importuning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been importuning
you have been importuning
he/she/it has been importuning
we have been importuning
you have been importuning
they have been importuning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been importuning
you will have been importuning
he/she/it will have been importuning
we will have been importuning
you will have been importuning
they will have been importuning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been importuning
you had been importuning
he/she/it had been importuning
we had been importuning
you had been importuning
they had been importuning
Conditional
I would importune
you would importune
he/she/it would importune
we would importune
you would importune
they would importune
Past Conditional
I would have importuned
you would have importuned
he/she/it would have importuned
we would have importuned
you would have importuned
they would have importuned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.importune - beg persistently and urgently; "I importune you to help them"
beg, implore, pray - call upon in supplication; entreat; "I beg you to stop!"
besiege - harass, as with questions or requests; "The press photographers besieged the movie star"

importune

verb (Formal) pester, press, plague, hound, harass, besiege, badger, beset, solicit, dun, lay siege to, entreat beggars importuning passers-by

importune

verb
To trouble persistently from or as if from all sides:
adjective
Firm or obstinate, as in making a demand or maintaining a stand:
Translations

importune

[ˌɪmpɔːˈtjuːn] VT (frm) → importunar, perseguir (Jur) [prostitute] → abordar con fines inmorales

importune

vtbelästigen; (creditor, with questions) → zusetzen (+dat); (visitor) → zur Last fallen (+dat)

importune

[ˌɪmpɔːˈtjuːn] vt (frm) → importunare
References in classic literature ?
Where, for the first time in many revolving years, the overwhelming pressure of pecuniary liabilities was not proclaimed, from day to day, by importune voices declining to vacate the passage; where there was no knocker on the door for any creditor to appeal to; where personal service of process was not required, and detainees were merely lodged at the gate
Thenceforth to Speculations high or deep I turnd my thoughts, and with capacious mind Considerd all things visible in Heav'n, Or Earth, or Middle, all things fair and good; But all that fair and good in thy Divine Semblance, and in thy Beauties heav'nly Ray United I beheld; no Fair to thine Equivalent or second, which compel'd Mee thus, though importune perhaps, to come And gaze, and worship thee of right declar'd Sovran of Creatures, universal Dame.
I was very curious to know what I had said or done to cause her so much perturbation a moment before and so I continued to importune her to enlighten me.
The term for which Edmond had engaged to serve on board The Young Amelia having expired, Dantes took leave of the captain, who at first tried all his powers of persuasion to induce him to remain as one of the crew, but having been told the history of the legacy, he ceased to importune him further.
At last, seeing my unconquerable repugnance, he ceased to importune me.
To importune the wise out of season is to invite calamitv.
We will add this in general, touching the affection of envy; that of all other affections, it is the most importune and continual.
She had come to the conclusion that he spoke no other English, and so she ceased to importune him for information; but never did she forget to greet him pleasantly or to thank him for the hideous, nauseating meals he brought her.
With that Both table and provision vanished quite, With sound of harpies' wings and talons heard; Only the importune Tempter still remained, And with these words his temptation pursued:-- "By hunger, that each other creature tames, Thou art not to be harmed, therefore not moved; Thy temperance, invincible besides, For no allurement yields to appetite; And all thy heart is set on high designs, High actions.
I remember an answer which when quite young I was prompted to make to a valued adviser who was wont to importune me with the dear old doctrines of the church.
He then told me he was resolved not to differ with me in anything, and that therefore he would importune me no more about it, resolving to acquiesce in whatever I did or said; only begged I should then agree, that whatever it was, it should no more interrupt our quiet and our mutual kindness.
One or two of the men began to importune me to go; and when I refused, began to grumble, and say they were not under my command, and they would go.