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exhort

[ ig-zawrt ]
/ ɪgˈzɔrt /
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verb (used with object)

to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently.

verb (used without object)

to give urgent advice, recommendations, or warnings.

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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 FROM exhort

ex·hort·er, nounex·hort·ing·ly, adverbun·ex·hort·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for exhort

exhort
/ (ɪɡˈzɔːt) /

verb

to urge or persuade (someone) earnestly; advise strongly

Derived forms of exhort

exhortative (ɪɡˈzɔːtətɪv) or exhortatory, adjectiveexhorter, noun

Word Origin for exhort

C14: from Latin exhortārī, from hortārī to urge
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