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implore

[im-plawr, -plohr]
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verb (used with object), im·plored, im·plor·ing.
  1. to beg urgently or piteously, as for aid or mercy; beseech; entreat: They implored him to go.
  2. to beg urgently or piteously for (aid, mercy, pardon, etc.): implore forgiveness.
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verb (used without object), im·plored, im·plor·ing.
  1. to make urgent or piteous supplication.
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Origin of implore

1530–40; < Latin implōrāre, equivalent to im- im-1 + plōrāre to lament
Related formsim·plor·a·ble, adjectiveim·plo·ra·tion, nounim·plor·a·to·ry [im-plawr-uh-tawr-ee, -plohr-uh-tohr-ee] /ɪmˈplɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˈploʊr əˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveim·plor·er, nounim·plor·ing·ly, adverbim·plor·ing·ness, nounun·im·plor·a·ble, adjectiveun·im·plored, adjective

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implore

verb (tr)
  1. to beg or ask (someone) earnestly (to do something); plead with; beseech
  2. to ask earnestly or piteously for; supplicate; begto implore someone's mercy
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Derived Formsimploration, nounimploratory, adjectiveimplorer, nounimploringly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin implōrāre, from im- + plōrāre to bewail
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Word Origin and History for implore

v.

c.1500, from Middle French implorer and directly from Latin implorare "call for help, beseech," originally "invoke with weeping," from assimilated form of in- "on, upon" (see in- (2)) + plorare "to weep, cry out." Related: Implored; imploring; imploringly.

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