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/
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  • (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, trouble, irritate.
  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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      It importunes death.

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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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      And their importune fates all satisfied.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Envy
      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. 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

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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.