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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In fact, many lawmakers — including many in his own Republican Party — were imploring the President to end his Administration’s policy for children and adult migrants arriving at the border. Philip Elliott, Time, "President Trump Says He'll 'Sign Something' to End Family Separations," 20 June 2018 On Tuesday, the fashion website Catwalk Italia posted an Instagram of Selena wearing five red dresses and implored followers to pick their favorite look. Melissa Minton, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez’s Fans Respond to Stefano Gabbana Cyber-Bullying Comment on Instagram," 13 June 2018 Many other comments praised the school district for its decision, and several implored their own local school district to make a similar decision. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Parents have mixed feelings on Huffman ISD’s plan to arm teachers to prevent school shootings," 1 June 2018 Setchen wrote, imploring followers to retweet his message to increase its circulation. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Brian Bowen on recruiting scandal: 'They took the game away from me'," 17 May 2018 In the second half, the crowd was chanting Leonard’s name, imploring Dunphy to put him back in the game. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Temple wins on a memorable senior day for Steve Leonard," 25 Feb. 2018 The Louisville native wrote a letter to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay back in 1998, imploring him to take Ryan Leaf over Peyton Manning with the No. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Read this Hunter S. Thompson letter about Ryan Leaf, Peyton Manning," 6 July 2018 In 2016, Johnson wrote a guest column for CNN imploring then-President Barack Obama to grant her clemency. Christian Holub, EW.com, "President Trump commutes sentence of Alice Johnson after Kim Kardashian meeting," 6 June 2018 These promotions didn’t feature a single woman until 2014, when ads appeared showcasing young moms guarding a crib or a pregnant woman imploring viewers not to take away her rights. Ben Wofford, Glamour, "The NRA's Most Wanted Customer: Women," 28 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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The first known use of implore was circa 1540

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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

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imploringly adverb

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