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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 ?
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.
We will add this in general, touching the affection of envy; that of all other affections, it is the most importune and continual.
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.
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.
She seemed to be tired of my questions: and, indeed, what claim had I to importune her?
In this wise, those who importune government and the management of Tech-U to populate it with students paying tokenistic fees do not seem to mean well for it.
It's worth noting that when Trump was still only president-elect a year ago, his aides Jared Kushner and Michael Flynn sought to importune other nations, notably Russia, to forestall a UN wrist-slap for Israel that the Obama administration refused to veto.
In a way, it reminds me of the 'phone pal' days of my youth when telephones were still a rarity and one frequently had to importune a neighbor to make a phone call, and/or verbally tussle with a party line over its use.
beaucoup moins que] Il faut vivre Alger dans sa splendeur, lui donner un bol d'oxygene, respecter le pieton dans son espace ou il peut etre a l'aise sans etre importune par les voitures et les klaxons [beaucoup plus grand que], avait soutenu l'edile de la capitale.
Le protagoniste veut sortir de ce cercle infernal en se debarrassant de ce nom de famille qui importune sa vie et celle de son futur enfant.
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.