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.

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The prime minister has implored them to relax, reflect and come back ready to strike a Brexit compromise. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "Shame, sadness in UK as Brexit reveals Parliament’s flaws," 14 Apr. 2019 At the end of that month, the journalist Pete Hamill wrote a letter to Kennedy imploring him to run for president, which Hamill reads from in the series. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "What If Robert F. Kennedy Had Become President?," 30 Apr. 2018 Ms Sobchak crashed his live broadcast, imploring him to join forces in a united opposition party. The Economist, "A fourth term for Russia’s perpetual president," 19 Mar. 2018 Aram implored these craftsmen to show him their handmade pieces instead to highlight their talents, rather than having their work seem mass-produced. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "Tour Michael Aram's two stunning homes in India," 12 Mar. 2019 In June this year, Microsoft staff penned an open letter imploring the company to end its contract with ICE due to widespread revulsion at ICE's family separation policy. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft wins $480 million military contract to bring HoloLens to the battlefield," 29 Nov. 2018 Tipsters implored deputies to check out neighbors, relatives and former boyfriends. M.s. Enkoji, sacbee, "2001: New hope for hunt for East Area Rapist | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018 University of Louisville interim President Greg Postel implored faculty members on Friday to contact state lawmakers — and quickly — with concerns over language in the state budget that would allow tenured professors to be fired. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "U of L interim president Greg Postel: I share faculty's 'anxiety' over tenure changes," 30 Mar. 2018 Evans implored the public to keep them away for children, while Walsh mentioned that given the time of year and temperature, such pyrotechnics could be a fire hazard. Danny Mcdonald,, "Boston police to beef up patrols in neighborhoods around the Fourth," 30 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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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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