importune

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See also: importuné

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French importuner, from Medieval Latin importunari (to make oneself troublesome), from Latin importunus (unfit, troublesome), originally "having no harbor"

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪmpɔːˈtjuːn/, /ɪmˈpɔːtjuːn/

Verb[edit]

importune (third-person singular simple present importunes, present participle importuning, simple past and past participle importuned)

  1. To bother, trouble, irritate.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.17:
      To deliberate, be it but in slight matters, doth importune me.
  2. To harass with persistent requests.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 2 scene 1
      You were kneel'd to, and importun'd otherwise / By all of us; []
    • Jonathan Swift
      Their ministers and residents here have perpetually importuned the court with unreasonable demands.
  3. To approach to offer one's services as a prostitute, or otherwise make improper proposals.
  4. (obsolete) To import; to signify.
    • Spenser
      It importunes death.

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

importune (comparative more importune, superlative most importune)

  1. (obsolete) Grievous, severe, exacting.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vi:
      And therewithall he fiercely at him flew, / And with importune outrage him assayld [...].
  2. (obsolete) inopportune; unseasonable
  3. (obsolete) troublesome; vexatious; persistent
    • Spenser
      And their importune fates all satisfied.
    • Francis Bacon
      Of all other affections it [envy] is the most importune and continual.

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French[edit]

Verb[edit]

importune

  1. first-person singular present indicative of importuner
  2. third-person singular present indicative of importuner
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of importuner
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of importuner
  5. second-person singular imperative of importuner

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

importune f pl

  1. feminine plural of importuno

Anagrams[edit]


Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

importūne

  1. vocative masculine singular of importūnus

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

importune

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of importunar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of importunar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of importunar.

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

importune

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of importunar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of importunar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of importunar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of importunar