- 1Harass (someone) persistently for or to do something: she importuned a waiter for profiterolesMore 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.
- 1.1 (usually as noun importuning) Approach (someone) to offer one’s services as a prostitute: they said they were arresting me for importuning
mid 16th century: from French importuner or medieval Latin importunari, from Latin importunus 'inconvenient, unseasonable' (see importunate).