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implore

Definition:

to call upon in supplication

Class:

communication verb (telling, asking, ordering, singing, etc.)

Past tense:

implored

Present participle:

imploring

3rd-person singular present:

implores

Type of:

plead » appeal » request » communicate

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

They implore him to write the letter.

Synonyms:

beg | entreat | intreat | pray

Etymology:

Latin implorare "call for help, beseech", originally "invoke with weeping", from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

implore | beseech [synonym, sense-specific] | supplicate [synonym, sense-specific] | beg [synonym, sense-specific] | imploration [noun, derived]

to beg or ask (someone) earnestly (to do something); plead with; beseech | to ask earnestly or piteously for; supplicate; beg (20 of 530 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | beseech [synonym, sense-specific] | entreat [synonym, sense-specific] | appeal [synonym, sense-specific] | besiege [synonym, sense-specific] | conjure [synonym, sense-specific] | impetrate [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to call upon in supplication; "beseech" | to call or pray for earnestly; "entreat" (13 of 141 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/implore

Oxford Dictionary:

implore | imploringly [derived]

[reporting verb] : beg someone earnestly or desperately to do something | [transitive, archaic] : beg earnestly for (17 of 79 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/implore

Cambridge Dictionary:

implore | imploring [adjective, derived] | imploringly [adverb, derived]

to ask someone to do or not do something in a very sincere, emotional and determined way | [literary] to ask for something in a sincere and emotional ... (27 of 72 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/implore

American Heritage Dictionary:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | implores [3rd-person singular present] | imploration [noun, related] | implorer [noun, related] | imploringly [adverb, related]

To appeal to in supplication; beseech | To beg for urgently; entreat. | To make an earnest appeal. (16 of 54 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

implore [transitive, formal] | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | implores [3rd-person singular present]

to ask someone to do something, in a very emotional way, because you want it very much (17 of 51 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/implore

Random House Dictionary:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle]

to beg urgently or piteously, as for aid or mercy; beseech; entreat. | to beg urgently or piteously for (aid, mercy, pardon, etc.). | to make urgent ... (25 of 47 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/implore

New World Dictionary:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | imploringly [adverb, related]

to ask or beg earnestly for; beseech | to ask or beg (a person) to do something; entreat (17 of 39 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | implores [3rd-person singular present] | entreat [synonym]

To beg for, to entreat urgently or earnestly. (8 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/implore

Wikipedia:

Pray [disambiguation]

may refer to: Prayer, an active effort to communicate with a deity or spirit | Pray may also refer to: Pray, Piedmont, a comune in the Province of Biella | Pray, Wisconsin, an unincorporated community | Gy├Ârgy Pray (1723-1801), a Hungarian Jesuit... (39 of 228 words, 19 definitions)

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Encarta Dictionary:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | implores [3rd-person singular present]

to plead with somebody to do something | to beg or pray for something (formal) (14 of 92 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620420​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

implore

First use: about 1500

Origin: Latin implorare "call for help, beseech", originally "invoke with weeping", from assimilated form of in- "on, upon" (see "in-" (2)) + ... (23 of 27 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle]

First use: about 1540

Origin: Middle French or Latin; Middle French implorer, from Latin implorare, from in- + plorare to cry out

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New World Dictionary:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle]

Origin: Latin implorare, to beseech, entreat from in-, intensive + plorare, to cry out, weep

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Oxford Dictionary:

implore

First use: early 16th century

Origin: French implorer or Latin implorare "invoke with tears"

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American Heritage Dictionary:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | implores [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin implōrāre: in-, toward; see "in-" [entry 2] + plōrāre, to weep.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/implore

Collins Dictionary:

implore

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin implōrāre, from im- + plōrāre to bewail

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/implore

Wiktionary:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | implores [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: French implorer, Latin implōrō ("beseech, implore").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/implore

Encarta Dictionary:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | implores [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Early 16th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin implorare "call upon with tears" from plorare "weep"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620420​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

implore

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "implore"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

implore

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "implore"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "implore"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

implore [transitive, formal] | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | implores [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "implore"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

implore [transitive, formal] | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | implores [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "implore"

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the Free Dictionary:

implore

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "implore"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "implore"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "implore" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | implores [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "implore"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

implore

Audio: North American pronunciation of "implore"

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YourDictionary Audio:

implore

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "implore" by speech synthesizer

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