To urge by strong, often stirring argument, admonition, advice, or appeal: exhorted the troops to hold the line. (verb-transitive)
To make urgent appeal.(verb-intransitive)
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Use "exhort" in a sentence
"He was using the phrase to exhort his compatriots to prepare for war, to engage in the struggle for freedom."
"Or it may be meant of the public reading of the scriptures; he must read and exhort, that is, read and expound, read and press what he read upon them; he must expound it both by way of exhortation and by way of doctrine; he must teach them both what to do and what to believe."
"Americans were tired of hearing Obama "exhort" bankers and speculators to play nice as they collected their record bonuses for a heckuva job in 2009."