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implore

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verb im·plore \im-ˈplȯr\

Simple Definition of implore

  • : to make a very serious or emotional request to (someone)

  • : to say (something) as a serious or emotional request

  • : to ask or beg for (something) in a very serious or emotional way

Full Definition of implore

im·ploredim·plor·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to call upon in supplication :  beseech

  3. 2 :  to call or pray for earnestly :  entreat <implored the crowd to be quiet>

im·plor·ing·ly adverb

Examples of implore

  1. Don't go. I implore you.

  2. Think of the children! he implored.



Origin of implore

Middle French or Latin; Middle French implorer, from Latin implorare, from in- + plorare to cry out


First Known Use: circa 1540

Synonym Discussion of implore

beg, entreat, beseech, implore, supplicate, adjure, importune mean to ask urgently. beg suggests earnestness or insistence in the asking <they begged for help>. entreat implies an effort to persuade or to overcome resistance <entreated me to join them>. beseech and implore imply a deeply felt anxiety <I beseech you to have mercy> <implored her not to leave>. supplicate suggests a posture of humility <with bowed heads they supplicated their Lord>. adjure implies advising as well as pleading <we were adjured to tell the truth>. importune suggests an annoying persistence in trying to break down resistance <importuning viewers for donations>.


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