implore

verb
im·​plore | \im-ˈplȯr \
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.

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Five former gymnasts implored authorities last month to determine whether the Karolyis could have prevented abuse at their facility. BostonGlobe.com, "New sexual assault charges against Larry Nassar in Texas," 29 June 2018 Liverpool fans have implored their club on social media to make a move for Leicester City's Harry Maguire, after the defender's heroics for England at the World Cup. SI.com, "‘Put a £30-£40m Bid in!’ Liverpool Fans Want 25-Year-Old Defender Signed After World Cup Heroics," 8 July 2018 But White House advisers, including Mr. Kelly, the president’s chief of staff, for months have implored Mr. Trump to get rid of Mr. Pruitt. New York Times, "E.P.A. Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns Under a Cloud of Ethics Scandals," 5 July 2018 As traveling Mexican fans prepare to descend on this southern Russian city, players and the federation are imploring them not to repeat it at Saturday's match, in messages on television and social media. Derek Gatopoulos And Carlos Rodriguez, chicagotribune.com, "Mexico face South Korea as federation calls fans to behave," 22 June 2018 Hundreds of people wrote letters to the parole board imploring them to keep Boyd imprisoned, Arnold said. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s secretive parole board has almost unlimited power to release prisoners before their sentences are up. It has never been busier.," 17 June 2018 The woman who owns the apartment has been writing us emails imploring us not to touch her magazines. Lauren Cook, The Cut, "Never Take a Romantic Vacation for Your Second Date," 15 May 2018 Ashonta Wyatt, founder and director of grassroots group Mother2Mother, implored vigil attendees to join the battle against gun violence. Emily Lane, NOLA.com, "Man assaulted on South Broad Street overpass, New Orleans police say," 26 Apr. 2018 With two outs and the 19,424 people on a bright Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium implored by the scoreboard to get loud, Merrifield took off for third before reliever Lou Trivino looked up. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Royals waste good start by Jakob Junis against Athletics," 3 June 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

: 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 \
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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