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verb (used with object)
  1. to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently.

verb (used without object)
  1. to give urgent advice, recommendations, or warnings.

Origin of exhort

1375–1425; late Middle English ex(h)orte<Latin exhortārī to encourage greatly, equivalent to ex-ex-1 + hortārī to urge

Other words for exhort

Other words from exhort

  • ex·hort·er, noun
  • ex·hort·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·ex·hort·ed, adjective

Words Nearby exhort

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How to use exhort in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for exhort


/ (ɪɡˈzɔːt) /

  1. to urge or persuade (someone) earnestly; advise strongly

Origin of exhort

C14: from Latin exhortārī, from hortārī to urge

Derived forms of exhort

  • exhortative (ɪɡˈzɔːtətɪv) or exhortatory, adjective
  • exhorter, noun

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