implore

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

Definition of implore

transitive verb

1 : to call upon in supplication : beseech
2 : to call or pray for earnestly : entreat implored the crowd to be quiet

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Other Words from implore

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

Google's next course of action was to implore users to secure their login credentials with things like two-factor identification. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Google Calls Hidden Microphone in Its Nest Home Security Devices an 'Error'," 21 Feb. 2019 Yet, with the Libra whitepaper, Facebook is not eliminating subjective trust, but imploring us to trust in Libra. Joe Lubin, Quartz, "Facebook’s cryptocurrency is a centralized wolf in decentralized sheep’s clothing," 21 June 2019 The police director implored residents to wait until the TBI finishes its investigation before spreading possible misinformation about the shooting. Adrian Sainz, chicagotribune.com, "Police, angry crowd face off after fatal shooting in Memphis," 13 June 2019 The police director implored residents to wait until the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, or TBI, finishes its investigation. Fox News, "Memphis police urge calm after black man's killing, unrest," 13 June 2019 The police director implored residents to wait until the TBI finishes its investigation before spreading possible misinformation about the shooting. Adrian Sainz, Anchorage Daily News, "25 officers injured in Memphis unrest after marshals kill fugitive," 13 June 2019 Rallings implored residents to wait until the TBI finishes its investigation before spreading possible misinformation about the shooting. CBS News, "Deadly police shooting in Memphis leads to anger, unrest," 13 June 2019 The police director implored residents to wait until the TBI finishes its investigation before spreading possible misinformation about the shooting. Adrian Sainz, BostonGlobe.com, "25 officers injured in Memphis after marshals kill fugitive," 13 June 2019 Amma seems eager to aid in Camille’s regression to teenage life, imploring her new big sister to party with her. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Camille Reckons with the Ghosts of Her Recent Past in Sharp Objects Episode 3," 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of implore

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for implore

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

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implore

verb

English Language Learners Definition of implore

formal
: 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

implore

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

Kids Definition of implore

: to make a very serious or emotional request to or for I implored him not to go. … they humbly implored my mercy.— Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

Other Words from implore

imploringly adverb

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