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Definition of importune verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

importune

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌɪmpɔːˈtjuːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪmpɔːrˈtuːn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they importune
BrE BrE//ˌɪmpɔːˈtjuːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪmpɔːrˈtuːn//
 
he / she / it importunes
BrE BrE//ˌɪmpɔːˈtjuːnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪmpɔːrˈtuːnz//
 
past simple importuned
BrE BrE//ˌɪmpɔːˈtjuːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪmpɔːrˈtuːnd//
 
past participle importuned
BrE BrE//ˌɪmpɔːˈtjuːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪmpɔːrˈtuːnd//
 
-ing form importuning
BrE BrE//ˌɪmpɔːˈtjuːnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪmpɔːrˈtuːnɪŋ//
 
Describing annoying traits
 
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importune somebody (for something) | importune somebody to do something (formal) to ask somebody for something many times and in a way that is annoying synonym pester See related entries: Describing annoying traits Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from French importuner or medieval Latin importunari, from Latin importunus ‘inconvenient, unseasonable’, based on Portunus, the name of the god who protected harbours (from portus ‘harbour’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: importune