- to press or beset with solicitations; demand with urgency or persistence.
- to make improper advances toward (a person).
- to beg for (something) urgently or persistently.
- Obsolete. to annoy.
- Obsolete. to press; impel.
- to make urgent or persistent solicitations.
- to make improper advances toward another person.
Origin of importune
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Examples from the Web for importuning
The paper's CEO was importuning her to commit to "some more years" as executive editor just 12 days before she was dismissed.The Hypocrisy Behind The New York Times’s Abrupt Decapitation of Jill Abramson
May 18, 2014
After you have given your final decision to my importuning, there can be no further appeal.Flamsted quarries
Mary E. Waller
I now remember that for a year past you have been importuning me about this!The Daughter of an Empress
Basil was importuning his companion on some matter which the latter could not hear.Under the Witches' Moon
Instantly the importuning began, everybody crowding about her.The Arm-Chair at the Inn
F. Hopkinson Smith
I saw I advanced nothing by importuning her, and I let the matter rest.The History of Prostitution
William W. Sanger
- to harass with persistent requests; demand of (someone) insistently
- to beg for persistently; request with insistence
- to anger or annoy
- to force; impel
Word Origin and History for importuning
1520s, back-formation from importunity, or else from Middle French importuner, from Medieval Latin importunari "to make oneself troublesome," from Latin importunus "unfit, troublesome," originally "having no harbor" (i.e. "difficult to access"), from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + portus "harbor" (see port (n.1)). Related: Importuned; importuning. As an adjective from early 15c.