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importunes

importunes is a 3rd-person singular present form of importune

importune

Definition:

to beg persistently and urgently

Class:

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

Past tense:

importuned

Present participle:

importuning

3rd-person singular present:

importunes

Type of:

beg » plead » appeal » request

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

besiege

Usage example:

I importune you to help them

Synonyms:

insist

Etymology:

Middle French importuner, from Medieval Latin importunari "to make oneself...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

importune | impel [synonym, sense-specific] | importuner [noun, derived]

to harass with persistent requests; demand of (someone) insistently | to beg for persistently; request with insistence | [obsolete] to anger or annoy ... (21 of 327 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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

Wikipedia:

Pester [disambiguation]

may refer to: In fictional characters: Pester (comics), a Marvel Comics character | Professor Pester, the main villain in the animated television series Viva PiƱata | Rex Pester, a reporter in the animated film The Rugrats Movie | In people: De... (38 of 146 words, 13 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

importunate | importune [adjective, importunate] | troublesome [synonym, sense-specific] | burning [synonym, sense-specific] | clamant [synonym, sense-specific] | compelling [synonym, sense-specific] | critical [synonym, sense-specific] | crying [synonym, sense-specific] | dire [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

troublesomely urgent; overly persistent in request or demand | "troublesome" (9 of 111 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

importune [entry 2, verb] | importuned [past tense] | importuning [present participle] | annoy [synonym, sense-specific] | trouble [synonym, sense-specific] | appeal [synonym, sense-specific] | beseech [synonym, sense-specific] | besiege [synonym, sense-specific] | conjure [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to press or urge with troublesome persistence ; [archaic] to request or beg for urgently | "annoy", "trouble" | to beg, urge, or solicit persistently ... (23 of 137 words, 3 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/importune show=1

American Heritage Dictionary:

importune | importuned [past tense] | importuning [present participle] | importunes [3rd-person singular present] | importunely [adverb, related] | importuner [noun, related]

To beset with insistent or repeated requests; entreat pressingly. | [archaic] To ask for urgently or repeatedly. | To annoy; vex. | To plead or urge ... (23 of 73 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/importune

Oxford Dictionary:

importune | importuning

harass (someone) persistently for or to do something | (usually as noun "importuning") : approach (someone) to offer one's services as a prostitute (22 of 70 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/importune

New World Dictionary:

importune | importuned [past tense] | importuning [present participle] | importunely [adverb, related] | importuner [noun, related]

to trouble with requests or demands; urge or entreat persistently or repeatedly | [archaic] to ask for urgently; demand | [obsolete] ; to trouble; ... (22 of 70 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/importune

Wiktionary:

importune | importuned [past tense] | importuning [present participle] | importunes [3rd-person singular present] | inopportune [synonym, sense-specific] | troublesome [synonym, sense-specific] | persistent [synonym, sense-specific] | unseasonable [synonym, sense-specific] | vexatious [synonym, sense-specific]

To bother, trouble, irritate. | To harass with persistent requests. | To approach to offer one's services as a prostitute, or otherwise make improper proposals. | [obsolete] Grievous, severe, exacting. | [obsolete] inopportune; unseasonable |... (30 of 69 words, 6 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/importune

Random House Dictionary:

importune | importuned [past tense] | importuning [present participle] | importunate [synonym, sense-specific]

to press or beset with solicitations; demand with urgency or persistence. | to make improper advances toward (a person). | to beg for (something) ... (22 of 64 words, 8 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/importune

Cambridge Dictionary:

importune [formal]

to make repeated forceful requests for something, usually in a way that is annoying or causing slight problems | to request sex with someone in return ... (25 of 58 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/importune

Macmillan British Dictionary:

importune [transitive, formal] | importuned [past tense] | importuning [present participle] | importunes [3rd-person singular present]

to keep asking someone for something in a determined and annoying way (12 of 43 words, pronunciation)

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

Encarta Dictionary:

importune | importuned [past tense] | importuning [present participle] | importunes [3rd-person singular present]

to ask somebody continually, repeatedly, or forcefully for something, especially in a troublesome way | to ask somebody to have sexual relations in ... (22 of 99 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620436​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

importune

First use: early 15th century

Origin: Middle French importuner, from Medieval Latin importunari "to make oneself troublesome", from Latin importunus "unfit, ... (18 of 40 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=importune

American Heritage Dictionary:

importune | importuned [past tense] | importuning [present participle] | importunes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: French importuner, from Old French importun, inopportune, from Latin importūnus: in-, not; see "in-" [entry ... (15 of 26 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/importune

New World Dictionary:

importune | importuned [past tense] | importuning [present participle]

Origin: French importuner from the adjective | Middle English from Old French importun from Latin importunus, unsuitable, troublesome ... (16 of 24 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/importune

Wiktionary:

importune | importuned [past tense] | importuning [present participle] | importunes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle French importuner, from Medieval Latin importunari ("to make oneself troublesome"), from Latin importunus ("unfit, troublesome"), originally "having no harbor"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/importune

Oxford Dictionary:

importune | importuning

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: French importuner or medieval Latin importunari, from Latin importunus "inconvenient, unseasonable" (see "importunate")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/importune

Collins Dictionary:

importune

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin importūnus tiresome, from im-in-1 + -portūnus as in opportūnusopportune

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

Merriam-Webster:

importune [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French and Latin; Anglo-French importun, from Latin importunus, from in- + -portunus (as in opportunus fit)

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

Encarta Dictionary:

importune | importuned [past tense] | importuning [present participle] | importunes [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: French importuner or medieval Latin importunari from Latin importunus "inconvenient, unseasonable" from Portunus, god of harbors

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620436​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

importune

Audio: British English pronunciation of "importune"

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

importune [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "importune"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "importune"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/importune

Macmillan American Dictionary:

importune [transitive, formal] | importuned [past tense] | importuning [present participle] | importunes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio 1: North American pronunciation of "importune"

Audio 2: North American pronunciation of "importune"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/importune

Macmillan British Dictionary:

importune [transitive, formal] | importuned [past tense] | importuning [present participle] | importunes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "importune"

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

the Free Dictionary:

importune

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "importune"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "importune"

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

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Google Dictionary:

importune | importuned [past tense] | importuning [present participle] | importunes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "importune"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

importune

Audio: North American pronunciation of "importune"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=import​10 word=importune

YourDictionary Audio:

importune

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/importune

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