importune importune


  • (v) beg persistently and urgently


  1. When callers importune him he takes a bath or goes to bed.
  2. The better informed monarchs of today, care they to importune the music of sweet strings, always summon four and frequently, it is said, call for the Flonzaleys by name.
  3. It would cheapen the memory of a man, most deserving, to importune anybody to do his memory a simple justice.


  1. "One of the main causes of the public's discontent is that they feel China doesn't treat us fairly, and that no one is doing anything about it," Mr. Schumer said in an interview. "That may importune the administration to act, but if they...
    on Feb 3, 2010 By: Charles Schumer Source: New York Times

  2. Rove describes Bush's fury at the debate, "At one point, he even barked at (Andy) Card, 'I am the president!' when Andy tried to importune him to listen to the Secret Service's concerns. Later that day Bush would override the Service's concerns and...
    on Mar 5, 2010 By: Karl Rove Source: FOXNews (blog)

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