im·​plore im-ˈplȯr How to pronounce implore (audio)
implored; imploring

transitive verb

: to make an earnest request to (someone) : beg
We earnestly implore you to bow out of the practice of clinical medicine and permit us to get on with our difficult job.William Steinsmith
… electronic highway signs implore Californians to "Save Water" and municipalities impose increasingly draconian conservation measures …Henry I. Miller
: to say (something) as a request in a sincere or urgent manner
"Keep your voice down," implored Lupin.J. K. Rowling
… accountability has become a watchword of relief agencies around the world, with new guidelines to help donors know that their aid won't be wasted. Give money, Presidents Bush and Clinton implore, and by implication, leave the rest to professionals.Nancy Gibbs
: to ask or beg for (something) earnestly
On this repetition of Mr Mantalini's fatal threat, Madame Mantalini wrung her hands, and implored the interference of Ralph Nickleby …Charles Dickens
To Neapolitans habitually blending pagan and Christian themes, the volcano also became, through its successive manifestations, a personality against whose rages they implored protection from their patron saint …Shirley Hazzard
imploringly adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for 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 him

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 to a request.

importuning viewers for contributions

Examples of implore in a Sentence

Don't go. I implore you. “Think of the children!” he implored.
Recent Examples on the Web President Joe Biden has repeatedly implored Congress to give him more resources to deal with the situation at the southern border, assigning blame on Republicans for not doing more. Alexandra Banner, CNN, 15 Feb. 2024 An investigative reporter implored us to file our taxes and to keep our personal lives in order—never give the rich and powerful a way to undercut your journalism. Clare Malone, The New Yorker, 10 Feb. 2024 Farmers prayed to the creatures for good weather, erecting temples during droughts to implore the dragon to grant rain and fruitful harvests. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 Johnson — who in 1974 became the first Black woman to appear on the cover of American Vogue, and is now performing in her one-woman Off-Broadway show In Vogue to mark the 50th anniversary of her historic cover — implores older women to never give up hope at finding their happy ending. Liz McNeil, Peoplemag, 27 Jan. 2024 The about-face appears driven, at least in part, by criticism from members of Biden’s own political party who, upon learning of the Pentagon’s plans, implored the administration to change course immediately. Alex Horton, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2024 The Bad River tribe's attorney, Paul Clement, implored the judges to go beyond Conley's order. Todd Richmond, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 The pastor, Choi Jae-young had implored the First Lady to encourage reunification with North Korea during a previous meeting. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 26 Jan. 2024 Forces that implore seniors to work to 70 are often reluctant to hire them after 50 — too expensive, not as adaptable to new technologies, are set in their ways — are some of the arguments expressed. Nick Charles, Rolling Stone, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of implore was circa 1550

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Cite this Entry

“Implore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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im·​plore im-ˈplō(ə)r How to pronounce implore (audio)
implored; imploring
: to call upon with a humble request : beseech
implored the manager to give her more responsibility
imploringly adverb

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