importune

  • 1 Importune — Im por*tune ([i^]m p[o^]r*t[=u]n ), a. [F. importun, L. importunus; pref. im not + a derivative from the root of portus harbor, importunus therefore orig. meaning, hard of access. See {Port} harbor, and cf. {Importunate}.] 1. Inopportune;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 importune — im·por·tune /ˌim pȯr tün, tyün; im pȯr ˌtyün, chən/ vb tuned, tun·ing vt: to press or urge with troublesome persistence who solicits, requests, commands, importune s or intentionally aids another person to engage in conduct which constitutes an …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Importune — Im por*tune , v. i. To require; to demand. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] We shall write to you, As time and our concernings shall importune. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Importune — Im por*tune , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Importuned} ([i^]m p[o^]r*t[=u]nd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Importuning}.] [From {Importune}, a.: cf. F. importuner.] 1. To request or solicit, with urgency; to press with frequent, unreasonable, or troublesome… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 importuné — importuné, ée (in por tu né, née) part. passé d importuner. •   Du bruit de ses exploits mon âme importunée, RAC. Alex. I, 2. •   Il était moins sensible à l éclat du trône qu importuné des devoirs qu il impose, DUCLOS Hist. Louis XI, Oeuv. t. II …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 6 importune — (v.) 1520s, back formation from IMPORTUNITY (Cf. importunity), or else from M.Fr. importuner, from M.L. importunari to make oneself troublesome, from L. importunus unfit, troublesome, originally having no harbor (i.e. difficult to access ), from… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 importune — *beg, entreat, beseech, implore, supplicate, adjure Analogous words: tease, pester, plague, harry, *worry: hound, hector, badger (see BAIT): plead, appeal, sue (see under PRAYER) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 importune — [v] demand, insist appeal, ask, badger, beg, beseech, beset, besiege, con*, crave, dun, egg on*, entreat, goose*, harass, hound*, implore, invoke, nag, persuade, pester, plague, plead, pray, press, sell, solicit, supplicate, urge, work on*;… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 importuné — Importuné, [importun]ée. part …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 10 importune — ► VERB 1) harass with persistent requests. 2) (usu. as noun importuning) approach to offer one s services as a prostitute. ORIGIN Latin importunari, from importunus (see IMPORTUNATE(Cf. ↑importunity)) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 importune — [im΄pôr to͞on′, im΄pôrtyo͞on′; im΄pərto͞on′, im΄pərtyo͞on′; ] chiefly Brit [ im pôr′tyo͞on΄, im pôr′cho͞on΄] vt. importuned, importuning [Fr importuner < the adj.] 1. to trouble with requests or demands; urge or entreat persistently or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 12 importune — ● importun, importune adjectif et nom (latin importunus) Littéraire. Qui arrive mal à propos, qui gêne, fatigue, ennuie par sa présence : Se débarrasser des importuns. ● importun, importune (synonymes) adjectif et nom (latin importunus)… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 13 importune — v. (formal) 1) (D; tr.) to importune for 2) (H) to importune smb. to do smt. * * * [ˌɪmpə tjuːn] (H) to importune smb. to do smt. (formal) (D;tr.) to importunefor …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 importune — UK [ˌɪmpə(r)ˈtjuːn] / US [ˌɪmpərˈtun] / US [ɪmˈpɔrtʃən] verb [transitive] Word forms importune : present tense I/you/we/they importune he/she/it importunes present participle importuning past tense importuned past participle importuned very… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 importune — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French & Latin; Anglo French importun, from Latin importunus, from in + portunus (as in opportunus fit) more at opportune Date: 15th century importunate • importunely adverb II. verb …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 importune — importunely, adv. importuner, n. /im pawr toohn , tyoohn , im pawr cheuhn/, v., importuned, importuning, adj. v.t. 1. to press or beset with solicitations; demand with urgency or persistence. 2. to make improper advances toward (a person). 3. to… …

    Universalium

  • 17 importune — verb /ɪmpɔːˈtjuːn,ɪmˈpɔːtjuːn/ a) To harass with persistent requests. b) To approach to offer ones services as a prostitute …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 importune — Synonyms and related words: advocate, aggravating, annoying, appeal, apply pressure, approach, beg, beseech, beset, besiege, blandish, bothering, bothersome, bug, buttonhole, cajole, call on, call upon, coax, crave, disturbing, dun, entreat,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 importune — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. beset, solicit; beg, plead. See request. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. plead, implore, press, urge; see beg 1 , urge 2 . See Synonym Study at beg , urge . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb To trouble… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 importune — im|por|tune [ˌımpəˈtju:n US ˌımpərˈtu:n] v [T] formal [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: importuner, from Latin importunus importunate ] to ask someone for something continuously in an annoying or unreasonable way →↑beg …

    Dictionary of contemporary English


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