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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Chief Eliot Isaac implored council not to do either. Sharon Coolidge,, "Cincinnati's 2019 budget: Money for Health Gap, 911 center and police OT, and lots of fee increases," 27 June 2018 About a week before Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to lead the Russia investigation, a group of attorneys general from Democratic-leaning states sent him a joint letter imploring him to do exactly that. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Eric Schneiderman Is Gone, But the New York’s Legal #Resistance to Trump Will Go On," 8 May 2018 In homilies and widely broadcast radio shows, Romero implored the government to do more for the poor and criticized the repressive tactics of the military. Esmeralda Bermudez,, "He championed the poor and was killed by a death squad in El Salvador. Decades later, Archbishop Oscar Romero will be made a saint," 8 Mar. 2018 Ryan Petty implored legislators to pass Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to add armed security guards, keep guns away from the mentally ill and improve mental health programs for at-risk teens. Brendan Farrington, Washington Post, "Victims’ families support Florida governor’s safety proposal," 5 Mar. 2018 Security officials implored fans to take advantage of the offsite security check at the Mall of America, located about nine miles south of the U.S. Bank Stadium. USA TODAY, "Officials warn fans to prepare for what could be coldest Super Bowl ever," 2 Feb. 2018 Dixon shot humorous promotional videos imploring fans to bring the noise. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "TCU comes up big in nationally televised upset of No. 7 West Virginia," 22 Jan. 2018 The trans community has also implored the help of its cisgender supporters in its fight for continued recognition. Noor Brara, Vogue, "9 Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Writers You Should Know," 30 Oct. 2018 My doctor had implored me to be vigilant about alternating breast MRIs and mammograms every six months. Lambeth Hochwald, Glamour, "I Got a Mastectomy…Twice," 27 Sep. 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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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 \
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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