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

Definition of implore

transitive verb

1a : 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
b : 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
2 : 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

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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 In Syria, the Sunni Muslim protesters could not implore the military to overthrow Bashar al-Assad, as his Alawite regime had long co-opted and politicized it. Daniel Byman, Washington Post, "For the Middle East, the Arab Spring was a rare chance to control its own fate," 26 June 2020 With your momentum building, local opinion makers, political insiders, and even close friends reach out and implore you: Drop out. Katherine M. Gehl And Michael E. Porter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: American politics rewards entrenched interests and career politicians. Innovations in voting could help change that.," 24 June 2020 Residents who have grown tired of hearing the bangs and pops at night organized a protest outside of de Blasio's residence, blaring their car horns as a way to implore the mayor to take action. Mark Morales And Brynn Gingras, CNN, "New York City to target suppliers of illegal fireworks," 23 June 2020 In an attempt to satisfy Mr. Trump's demand, Esper and Milley used a call with the nation's governors later that morning to implore them to call up the National Guard in their own states, the official said. David Martin, CBS News, "Trump demanded 10,000 active-duty troops deploy to streets in heated Oval Office meeting," 6 June 2020 Indonesia’s first case of covid-19 had been confirmed on March 2nd, and for weeks the governor of Jakarta, the capital, had been imploring the central government to act. The Economist, "Viral marketing Indonesia’s president has a new rival," 6 June 2020 In London, Mayor Sadiq Khan stopped short of a ban on mass gatherings, but implored protesters to keep six feet apart. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Curfews and Arrests Will Inflame the Pandemic," 5 June 2020 The Charlotte host committee is refusing to give up, imploring the RNC and the state’s governor on Thursday to keep talking in hopes of finding a mutually agreeable way to keep the event in the city. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Dallas is on GOP’s convention short list, but Trump wants a packed arena and venues aren’t available," 4 June 2020 Governors including New York’s Andrew Cuomo implored anyone who had stock or could manufacture PPE to reach out. J. David Mcswane, ProPublica, "The Secret, Absurd World of Coronavirus Mask Traders and Middlemen Trying To Get Rich Off Government Money," 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of implore

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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3 Jul 2020

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“Implore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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