im·​plore | \ im-ˈplȯr How to pronounce implore (audio) \
implored; imploring

Definition of implore

transitive verb

1a : to make an earnest request to (someone) : beg We earnestly implore you to bow out of the practice of clinical medicine and permit us to get on with our difficult job.— William Steinsmith … electronic highway signs implore Californians to "Save Water" and municipalities impose increasingly draconian conservation measures …— Henry I. Miller
b : to say (something) as a request in a sincere or urgent manner "Keep your voice down," implored Lupin.— J. K. Rowling … accountability has become a watchword of relief agencies around the world, with new guidelines to help donors know that their aid won't be wasted. Give money, Presidents Bush and Clinton implore, and by implication, leave the rest to professionals.— Nancy Gibbs
2 : to ask or beg for (something) earnestly On this repetition of Mr Mantalini's fatal threat, Madame Mantalini wrung her hands, and implored the interference of Ralph Nickleby …— Charles Dickens To Neapolitans habitually blending pagan and Christian themes, the volcano also became, through its successive manifestations, a personality against whose rages they implored protection from their patron saint …— Shirley Hazzard

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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 Grammy-winning artist Megan Thee Stallion promoted justice for Breonna Taylor and used her compelling New York Times op-ed to implore Americans to protect Black women. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Women's History Month: Inspirational quotes from celebrities who triumphed amid adversity," 5 Mar. 2021 Thompson listens as public health officials implore Black people to move beyond their skepticism and have faith in medical ingenuity. Los Angeles Times, "Doctors really want to vaccinate Black people against COVID-19. Unequal access to shots fuels mistrust," 4 Mar. 2021 The score stood 47-42 Ballard, early in the fourth quarter, when Renner called a timeout to implore his team to run smoother, smarter offense. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Ballard tops Fern Creek in boys' LIT semifinal, a rematch of last year's championship," 6 Mar. 2021 The unity theme was also a main pillar of the Biden-Harris campaign, messaging intended to implore the nation to fight for a new future. Syreeta Mcfadden, The Atlantic, "What America Needs More Than ‘Unity’," 22 Jan. 2021 His mentor, Canelo Alvarez, has to implore him to be patient. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Young boxer Ryan Garcia earns thrilling victory, but he has work remaining," 3 Jan. 2021 But much to the doctors’ dismay, Pence did not forcefully implore people to wear masks, nor did the administration take meaningful action on testing. Anchorage Daily News, "The inside story of how Trump’s denial, mismanagement and magical thinking led to the pandemic’s dark winter," 20 Dec. 2020 Go back to February, have the president put on a mask and implore everyone to wear one and stay away from other people for three straight weeks, screen every person coming in on a plane, and then get on with the year? Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1415: The Year in Redo, Part 1," 17 Dec. 2020 Whereas in Europe and Canada, the costs of rising inequality and a desire to keep social safety nets firmly in place have prompted authorities to implore society to do its job – by forgoing nonessential activities – to help keep schools open. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bars or schools? How nations rank education in pandemic priorities.," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of implore

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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 1550

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30 Mar 2021

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“Implore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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