Simple Definition of exhort
: to try to influence (someone) by words or advice : to strongly urge (someone) to do something
Full Definition of exhort
: to incite by argument or advice : urge strongly <exhorting voters to do the right thing>
: to give warnings or advice : make urgent appeals
Examples of exhort
He exhorted his people to take back their land.
She exhorted her listeners to support the proposition.
Origin of exhort
Middle English, from Anglo-French exorter, from Latin exhortari, from ex- + hortari to incite — more at yearn
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with exhort
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EXHORT Defined for Kids
Definition of exhort
: to try to influence by words or advice : urge strongly <The Centipede was down there too, exhorting them both frantically to greater efforts … — Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach>
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