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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
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).
a. To ask for (something) urgently or repeatedly.
b. To annoy; vex.
To plead or urge irksomely, often persistently.
[French importuner, from Old French importun, inopportune, from Latin importūnus : in-, not; see in-1 + portus, port, refuge; see per- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. to harass with persistent requests; demand of (someone) insistently
2. to beg for persistently; request with insistence
a. to anger or annoy
b. to force; impel
[C16: from Latin importūnus tiresome, from im- in-1 + -portūnus as in opportūnus opportune]
ˌimporˈtunity, imˈportunacy n
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im•por•tune(ˌɪm pɔrˈtun, -ˈtyun, ɪmˈpɔr tʃən)
v. -tuned, -tun•ing,
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.
[1350–1400; Middle English (adj.) < Latin importūnus unsuitable, troublesome, relentless]
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Past participle: importuned
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|Verb||1.||importune - beg persistently and urgently; "I importune you to help them"|
besiege - harass, as with questions or requests; "The press photographers besieged the movie star"
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verb (Formal) pester, press, plague, hound, harass, besiege, badger, beset, solicit, dun, lay siege to, entreat beggars importuning passers-by
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importune[ˌɪmpɔːˈtjuːn] VT (frm) → importunar, perseguir (Jur) [prostitute] → abordar con fines inmorales
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importune[ˌɪmpɔːˈtjuːn] vt (frm) → importunare
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