implore

[ im-plawr, -plohr ]
/ ɪmˈplɔr, -ˈploʊr /

verb (used with object), im·plored, im·plor·ing.

to beg urgently or piteously, as for aid or mercy; beseech; entreat: They implored him to go.
to beg urgently or piteously for (aid, mercy, pardon, etc.): implore forgiveness.

verb (used without object), im·plored, im·plor·ing.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for implore

implore
/ (ɪmˈplɔː) /

verb (tr)

to beg or ask (someone) earnestly (to do something); plead with; beseech
to ask earnestly or piteously for; supplicate; begto implore someone's mercy

Derived forms of implore

imploration, nounimploratory, adjectiveimplorer, nounimploringly, adverb

Word Origin for implore

C16: from Latin implōrāre, from im- + plōrāre to bewail
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