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.
Recent Examples on the Web All three have contributed heartfelt stories of feeling isolated as youths and implore LGBTQ+ young people who may be experiencing the same thing to utilize the Trevor Projects 24/7 counseling service via text, chat and phone. Tiq Milan, Billboard, "AT&T Releases LOVELOUD Mini-Series in Recognition Of National Coming Out Day," 17 Oct. 2019 The workers also delivered a petition to the commission — which had over 1,200 signatures — that also urged a reversal and implored the department to fill all the beds at the Adult Residential Facility. Trisha Thadani,, "Protesters shut down commission meeting as fight over SF mental health policies intensifies," 17 Sep. 2019 Perhaps the bigger problem for the Democratic Party, however, was that Mueller appeared confused at times, stumbling over his answers and frequently imploring his questioners to repeat their queries. Anchorage Daily News, "Mueller answers Trump in testimony unlikely to change political dynamic," 25 July 2019 The mother, who implored the judge to sentence Williams to prison, wept when Synenberg announced her sentence and deputies placed Williams in handcuffs. Cory Shaffer,, "Judge slams ex-NFL player, Bedford football coach’s ‘victim blaming’ as she sentences him to prison for sexually abusing student," 15 July 2019 During Allen's tenure the administration would often implore him to court donors. Ben Baskin,, "Breaking Bad: The False Step and Downfall of Penn Legend Jerome Allen," 11 July 2019 Another is to charge guests for not reusing towels rather than imploring them to reuse these items. Yossi Sheffi, The Conversation, "Removing mini-shampoos from hotel rooms won’t save the environment," 23 Aug. 2019 Police implored the gunman to surrender, at one point patching in his lawyer on the phone with him to try to persuade him to give up, Ross said. Washington Post, "Philadelphia gunman identified after hourslong standoff," 15 Aug. 2019 Police implored the gunman to surrender, at one point patching in his lawyer on the phone with him to try to persuade him to give up, Ross said. Fortune, "Gunman Identified After Philadelphia Shooting and Hourslong Standoff," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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17 Nov 2019

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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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