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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
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This learned dissertator, however valuable for his industry and erudition, is yet more to be esteemed for having dared so freely in the midst of France to declare his disapprobation of the Patriarch Oviedo's sanguinary zeal, who was continually importuning the Portuguese to beat up their drums for missionaries, who might preach the gospel with swords in their hands, and propagate by desolation and slaughter the true worship of the God of Peace.
If Kim is indeed in a race against the clock to forestall economic disaster at home, importuning Seoul to help lift (or at least ignore) international sanctions, relax nuclear counterproliferation efforts and revive sunshine economic programmes could be the most expeditious way to get out of a bind.
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I do believe that we sometimes overreact to male sexual importuning.
Washington's response to date is to shoot rhetorical blanks into the air, importuning a trio of bad actors to live up to their commitments.
This importuning got him cashiered in 1773, after which he spent time farming until Frederick William III reinstated him in 1787.
While pimping and accepting an offer are illegal under the Sexual Offences Act as importuning it is legal for a man or woman to sell their body privately in a flat.
After a rip-roaring and oddly class-conscious importuning to not mess around with "Booshwa Sally,'' the listener is back on the road in "Bobb's Psychedelic Car,'' where the breaks are shot and tires are squealing.
Mr Cripps explained that the proceedings were taken under a regulation which reads: "That no person in the area shall molest or importune any person of the opposite sex, or loiter for the purpose of importuning any such person in the area set out in the schedule.
Mr Marnoch, who died aged 58 in 1999 soon after his retirement, also intimated to the source that police working in Piccadilly Circus had got a report of the same politician importuning at one of London's most notorious rent-boy haunts - the "chicken rack".
In an interview after the aborted execution, the victim's mother told the Reformist daily Sharq that she had resisted importuning from within her family to call off the execution.