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importune

[ im-pawr-toon, -tyoon, im-pawr-chuhn ]
/ 藢瑟m p蓴r藞tun, -藞tyun, 瑟m藞p蓴r t蕛蓹n /
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verb (used with object), im路por路tuned, im路por路tun路ing.
verb (used without object), im路por路tuned, im路por路tun路ing.
to make urgent or persistent solicitations.
to make improper advances toward another person.
adjective
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Origin of importune

1350鈥1400; Middle English (adj.) <Latin import奴nus unsuitable, troublesome, relentless; see im-2, opportune

OTHER WORDS FROM importune

im路por路tune路ly, adverbim路por路tun路er, nounun路im路por路tuned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for importune

importune
/ (瑟m藞p蓴藧tju藧n) /

verb (tr)
to harass with persistent requests; demand of (someone) insistently
to beg for persistently; request with insistence
obsolete
  1. to anger or annoy
  2. to force; impel

Derived forms of importune

importuner, nounimportunity or importunacy, noun

Word Origin for importune

C16: from Latin import奴nus tiresome, from im- in- 1 + -port奴nus as in opport奴nus opportune
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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