What does importune mean?

Definitions for importune
ˌɪm pɔrˈtun, -ˈtyun, ɪmˈpɔr tʃənim·por·tune

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. importune, insistverb

    beg persistently and urgently

    "I importune you to help them"

Wiktionary

  1. importuneverb

    To bother, trouble, irritate.

    Etymology: From importuner, from importunari, from importunus, originally "having no harbor"

  2. importuneverb

    To harass with persistent requests.

    Etymology: From importuner, from importunari, from importunus, originally "having no harbor"

  3. importuneverb

    To approach to offer one's services as a prostitute, or otherwise make improper proposals.

    Etymology: From importuner, from importunari, from importunus, originally "having no harbor"

  4. importuneadjective

    Grievous, severe, exacting.

    Etymology: From importuner, from importunari, from importunus, originally "having no harbor"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Importuneadjective

    to request or solicit, with urgency; to press with frequent, unreasonable, or troublesome application or pertinacity; hence, to tease; to irritate; to worry

    Etymology: [From Importune, a.: cf. F. importuner.]

  2. Importuneadjective

    to import; to signify

    Etymology: [From Importune, a.: cf. F. importuner.]

  3. Importuneverb

    to require; to demand

    Etymology: [From Importune, a.: cf. F. importuner.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Importune

    im-pōr-tūn′, v.t. to urge with troublesome application: to press urgently: (Spens.) to import, signify (a false use): to molest, as a beggar, prostitute, &c.—ns. Impor′tunacy, Import′unāteness.—adj. Import′unāte, troublesomely urgent.—adv. Import′unātely.—adj. Import′une, untimely: importunate.—adv. Importune′ly.—ns. Importun′er; Importun′ity. [Fr.,—L. importunusin, not, portus, a harbour.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of importune in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of importune in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of importune in a Sentence

  1. Link Starbureiy:

    There are only two ways to look at history: people either make things happen, or they let things happen. In that sense, all of history is bipolar; cognate of goodwill and bad fortune. Both philosophies, together, importune a reshaping of destiny.

  2. W. Somerset Maugham:

    If a man should importune me to give a reason why I loved him, I find it could no otherwise be expressed, than by making answer because it was he, because it was I.


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