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[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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Related Words for imploring

pray, urge, beseech, plead, importune, entreat, crave, solicit, supplicate, appeal, conjure

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Historical Examples of imploring

  • The dog, lying by his side, seemed to look at me with sad, imploring eyes.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • They were tragic, those following, imploring eyes, but they were not wet.

    The Innocent Adventuress

    Mary Hastings Bradley

  • "Give me your hand at parting," she said in an imploring tone.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • Moore's had been imploring in its assertiveness, the desire to convince.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • Olivia cast a most imploring look on her aunt, and was silent.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for imploring


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 for implore

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



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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