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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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"
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importune

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

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

importune

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

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

[ˌɪmpɔːˈtjuːn] vt (frm) → importunare
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References in classic literature ?
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.
Likewise, in the gospel story, the sleepy friend responds to the importuning of his neighbor not because he is generous, but because of the latter's annoying persistence ("makulit").
And this is something certain and definitive, like in Jesus' parable of the importuning 'friend at midnight' who gets what he needs because of his shameless persistence, not merely because of hospitality; he believes that his friend inside would not deny him.
A perennial fixture of the urban landscape across Islamic northern Nigeria, Almajirai are young children who, while ostensibly taking Quranic lessons under adepts, are usually to be found aimlessly roaming the streets and importuning members of the public for money.
"It is hard to imagine, notwithstanding LVNV's importuning, a clearer expression of an intent to provide a private remedy for the violation of MCALA a remedy that permits recovery of 'any damages,' including for emotional distress," wrote Judge Alan M.
The mayor must be firm in her resolve not to give in to the importuning of barangay captains who have been badgering her for reconsideration of her stance.
Far from being the only Islamic country with a nuclear power capable of bringing our foes to their knees, we now genuflect like an importuning bankrupt before Saudi Arabia, China, Turkey, and the UAE.
He further said that SMIU, being an AlmaMater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, had always played a historic role specially in importuning modern and quality education to the people of Sindh.
He further said that SMIU, being an Alma-Mater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, had always played a historic role specially in importuning modern and quality education to the people of Sindh.
'Opponents of unity are importuning Goddess Dakshinkali, ready with their sacrificial black goat.' But all Badal could do after that was to assure us that unity was unavoidable.
He, however, regretted that now the Radio Pakistan is importuning everything from abroad.
cheerful: after all, he's importuning a stranger, and so