implore

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verb im·plore \im-ˈplȯr\

Definition of implore

implored

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imploring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to call upon in supplication :  beseech

  3. 2 :  to call or pray for earnestly :  entreat implored the crowd to be quiet

imploringly

adverb

Examples of implore in a Sentence

  1. Don't go. I implore you.

  2. Think of the children! he implored.

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Origin and Etymology of implore

Middle French or Latin; Middle French implorer, from Latin implorare, from in- + plorare to cry out


First Known Use: circa 1540

Synonym Discussion of 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

IMPLORE Defined for English Language Learners

implore

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Definition of implore for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

implore

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verb im·plore \im-ˈplȯr\

Definition of implore for Students

implored

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imploring

  1. :  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

imploringly

adverb


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