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 (ĭm′pôr-to͞on′, -tyo͞on′, ĭm-pôr′chən)
v. im·por·tuned, im·por·tun·ing, im·por·tunes
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.
To plead or urge irksomely, often persistently.
adj. Archaic

[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.


(ˌɪmpɔːˈtjuːnlɪ; ɪmˈpɔːtjuːnlɪ)
in an inopportune or untimely mannerin a burdensome or grievous mannerunrelentinglyin a pressing or urgent manner
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