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importune

Syllabification: im·por·tune
Pronunciation: /ˌimpôrˈt(y)o͞on
 
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Definition of importune in English:

verb

[with object]
1Ask (someone) pressingly and persistently for or to do something: if he were alive now, I should importune him with my questions
More example sentences
  • But a glimpse of the relationship can be found in the notes of a visitor, August Gottlieb Meissner, who was present when Mozart's friends importuned him to finish the overture to Don Giovanni.
  • I understand that well-meaning people are sometimes importuned to write such letters on behalf of those who aren't in a position to respond themselves.
  • Contrast that with the way that Columbus, living in a Europe of competing nations, could importune king after king until he hit on someone to back his voyage over the ocean.
1.1Approach (someone) to offer one’s services as a prostitute.
Example sentences
  • You are under arrest for importuning for immoral proposes.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French importuner or medieval Latin importunari, from Latin importunus 'inconvenient, unseasonable' (see importunate).

More
  • Portunus, the name of the god who protected harbours (from portus ‘harbour’), lies behind this word. A lack of the safety and calm associated with his protection is found in this word and in inopportune ‘troublesome, bringing problems’.

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