[ ig-zawrt ]
/ ɪgˈzɔrt /

verb (used with object)

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

verb (used without object)

to give urgent advice, recommendations, or warnings.

Nearby words

  1. exhilarate,
  2. exhilarated,
  3. exhilarating,
  4. exhilaration,
  5. exhilarative,
  6. exhortation,
  7. exhortative,
  8. exhumation,
  9. exhume,
  10. exigeant

Origin of exhort

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

Related formsex·hort·er, nounex·hort·ing·ly, adverbun·ex·hort·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for exhort


/ (ɪɡˈzɔːt) /


to urge or persuade (someone) earnestly; advise strongly
Derived Formsexhortative (ɪɡˈzɔːtətɪv) or exhortatory, adjectiveexhorter, noun

Word Origin for exhort

C14: from Latin exhortārī, from hortārī to urge

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Word Origin and History for exhort



c.1400, from Old French exhorer (13c.) and directly from Latin exhortari "to exhort, encourage, stimulate" (see exhortation). Related: Exhorted; exhorting.

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