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Definition of "importune" [im•por•tune]

  • To beset with insistent or repeated requests; entreat pressingly. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To ask for urgently or repeatedly. (verb-transitive)
  • To annoy; vex. (verb-transitive)
  • To plead or urge irksomely, often persistently. See Synonyms at beg. (verb-intransitive)
  • Importunate. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "importune" in a sentence
  • "WORDS ACCENTED ON THE LAST SYLLABLE: address _address'_ adept _adept'_ adult _adult'_ ally _ally'_ commandant _commandänt '(ä as in arm) _ contour _contour'_ dessert _dessert'_ dilate _dilate'_ excise _eksiz'_ finance _finance'_ grimace _grimace'_ importune _importune'_ occult _occult'_ pretence _pretence'_ research _research'_ robust _robust'_ romance _romance'_ tirade _tirade'_"
  • "They simply want to scream racism and blather about the civil rights of non-citizens and see the law as an opportunity to importune for their point of view."
  • "Michelle Dulak Thomson: If it is “rude” and “insensitive” to importune people at the entrances and exits of buildings they really need to get into/out of, I have a serious beef with the local Girl Scouts."