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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.

verb (used without object),im·plored, im·plor·ing.
  1. to make urgent or piteous supplication.

Origin of implore

First recorded in 1530–40; from Latin implōrāre, equivalent to im- “in” (see im-1) + plōrāre “to lament”

Other words for implore

Opposites for implore

Other words from implore

  • im·plor·a·ble, adjective
  • im·plo·ra·tion [im-plawr-ey-shuhn] /ɪmˌplɔrˈeɪ ʃən/ noun
  • im·plor·a·to·ry [im-plawr-uh-tawr-ee], /ɪmˈplɔr əˌtɔr i/, adjective
  • im·plor·er, noun
  • im·plor·ing·ly, adverb
  • im·plor·ing·ness, noun
  • un·im·plor·a·ble, adjective
  • un·im·plored, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use implore in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for implore


/ (ɪmˈplɔː) /

  1. to beg or ask (someone) earnestly (to do something); plead with; beseech

  2. to ask earnestly or piteously for; supplicate; beg: to implore someone's mercy

Origin of implore

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

Derived forms of implore

  • imploration, noun
  • imploratory, adjective
  • implorer, noun
  • imploringly, adverb

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