verb (used with object), im·por·tuned, im·por·tun·ing.
verb (used without object), im·por·tuned, im·por·tun·ing.
- impose on,
- imposing stone
Origin of importune
Examples from the Web for importuning
The paper's CEO was importuning her to commit to "some more years" as executive editor just 12 days before she was dismissed.The Hypocrisy Behind The New York Times’s Abrupt Decapitation of Jill Abramson|Robert Shrum|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Men of all kinds came to him imploring his aid and importuning him for protection.History of the War in Afghanistan, Vol. I (of 3)|Sir John William Kaye
New Orleans was importuning Congress to support it in an Exposition.Port O' Gold|Louis John Stellman
He says, "Attention sat upon all faces, and friends came round like bees, importuning me to stay another week."George Whitefield|Joseph Belcher
A boy under the age of 16 years, whilst engaged in street trading, shall not annoy any person by importuning.Child Labor in City Streets|Edward Nicholas Clopper
Upon persons coming round him and importuning him with questions, he pretended to be extremely fatigued.The Trial of Charles Random de Berenger, Sir Thomas Cochrane,|William Brodie Gurney
- to anger or annoy
- to force; impel
Word Origin for importune
1520s, back-formation from importunity, or else from Middle French importuner, from Medieval Latin importunari "to make oneself troublesome," from Latin importunus "unfit, troublesome," originally "having no harbor" (i.e. "difficult to access"), from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + portus "harbor" (see port (n.1)). Related: Importuned; importuning. As an adjective from early 15c.