Definition of importune in English:


Line breaks: im¦por|tune
Pronunciation: /ˌɪmpɔːˈtjuːn


[with object]
  • 1Harass (someone) persistently for or to do something: she importuned a waiter for profiteroles
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    • 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.
    beg, beseech, entreat, implore, plead with, appeal to, apply to, call on, supplicate, solicit, petition, enjoin; harass, pester, beset, press, dun, badger, bother, torment, plague, hound, nag, harry, go on at, harp on at; Northern English mither
    informal hassle, bug
    rare obsecrate
  • 1.1 (usually as noun importuning) Approach (someone) to offer one’s services as a prostitute: they said they were arresting me for importuning
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    • You are under arrest for importuning for immoral proposes.
    solicit, make sexual advances, offer one's services as a prostitute; accost, approach
    informal proposition
    North American informal hustle


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

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