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 Mishustin made a public appeal following his diagnosis, imploring the Russian people to take the virus seriously. Fox News, "Russia PM tests positive for coronavirus, nation sees record spike in cases," 1 May 2020 Some 1,500 people gathered Friday at the State Capitol to implore Evers to reopen the state to business. Natalie Brophy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus global death toll surpasses 200,000 as Wisconsin reports record number of new confirmed cases," 25 Apr. 2020 The drenching rain, a result of a low-pressure system with a center lingering off the coast of the Bay Area, comes as officials continue to implore Californians to stay home to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Los Angeles Times, "Snow possible on the Grapevine this week during early mornings," 6 Apr. 2020 In January, Ventus Lau, a spokesperson for a protest group, presided over a legal rally to implore other countries to sanction Hong Kong officials. Suzanne Sataline, The Atlantic, "The Other China Emergency," 25 Mar. 2020 Sinema is using social media to implore Ducey to take a more aggressive approach while also offering public health advice. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, others demand Gov. Doug Ducey do more to stop coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 And interacting with them since, what has become clear to me is that their love for the Gospel could set our country ablaze with the kind of holy boldness and blazing charity that Saint Catherine of Siena used to implore and model. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Getting Real About Christianity," 17 Feb. 2020 Emails between McNulty and Weltzin show that in May, a man named Ray Krieg was the first to implore the city to designate Hope Center as a church on May 25. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Marijuana retailer, church face off over downtown Anchorage pot shop," 21 Oct. 2019 The chief executives of Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, and other automakers had implored Trump to roll back the standards. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "Trump’s Auto Rollback Will Eliminate 13,500 Jobs," 13 Apr. 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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1 Jun 2020

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“Implore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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