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/
    • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪmpɔɹˈtuːn/

Verb[edit]

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

  1. To bother, irritate, trouble.
  2. To harass with persistent requests.
  3. To approach to offer one's services as a prostitute, or otherwise make improper proposals.
  4. (obsolete) To import; to signify.

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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.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[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. third-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

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

importūne

  1. vocative masculine singular of importūnus

References[edit]

  • importune in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • importune in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • importune in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette

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

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.