See also: imploré

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The verb is borrowed from Middle French implorer (modern French implorer (to beg, plead, implore)),[1] or directly from its etymon Latin implōrāre, the present active infinitive of implōrō (to beseech, entreat, implore; to appeal to, pray to), from im- (a variant of in- (intensifying prefix)) + plōrō (to cry out; to complain, deplore, lament) (possibly from Proto-Indo-European *pleh₃(w)- (to flow; to swim)).[2]

The noun is derived from the verb.[3]

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implore (third-person singular simple present implores, present participle imploring, simple past and past participle implored)

  1. (transitive)
    1. To beg or plead for (something) earnestly or urgently; to beseech.
    2. To beg or plead that (someone) earnestly or urgently do something; to beseech, to entreat.
      • c. 1603–1604 (date written), William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene ii], page 63, column 1:
        Acquaint her vvith the danger of my ſtate, / Implore her, in my voice, that ſhe make friends / To the ſtrict deputie: []
      • 1725, Homer, “Book II”, in [William Broome], transl., The Odyssey of Homer. [], volume I, London: [] Bernard Lintot, →OCLC, page 85, lines 470–473:
        And novv they ſhip their oars, and crovvn vvith vvine / The holy Goblet to the povv'rs divine: / Imploring all the Gods that reign above, / But chief, the blue-ey'd Progeny of Jove.
      • 1838, [Edward Bulwer-Lytton], chapter X, in Alice or The Mysteries [], volume I, London: Saunders and Otley, [], →OCLC, book I, page 92:
        Talk not thus, I implore you, Evelyn: do not imagine me the worldly calculator that my enemies deem me.
      • 1899, Henryk Sienkiewicz, chapter XIX, in Jeremiah Curtin, transl., In Vain [], Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown, and Company, →OCLC, page 209:
        "Malinka," cried she, "ask no more, I implore thee! Enough, enough! This gentleman has delivered his message. Why lower one's self by an answer?"
      • 1995, Colleen Birchett, Stephanie Bibb, Deborah Morton, “Relationship”, in Africans who Shaped Our Faith: Leader Guide, Chicago, Ill.: Urban Ministries, →ISBN, page 138:
        Psalm 23 implores us to thank God for helping us to find contentment in the midst of a tense and stressful world, for directing our lives along pathways that are consistent with His will, for the reassurance and security that flow from His constant presence and for protection, as well as for the gift of eternal life.
      • 1989, Kadia Molodowsky, Kathryn Hellerstein, transl. and editor, “Kheshvndike Nekht (Nights of Heshvan), Vilna, 1927: Prayer II”, in פאפירענע בריקן: געקליבענע לידער [Paper Bridges: Selected Poems of Kadya Molodowsky], Detroit, Mich.: Wayne State University Press, published 1999, →ISBN, page 147:
        A prayer lies bound in me / And implores a god, / And implores a name.
      • 2011 October 28, Kelly Gissendaner, Jennifer M. McBride, You Shall Not Condemn: A Story of Faith and Advocacy on Death Row[1], Eugene, Or.: Cascade Books, Wipf and Stock Publishers, published 2022, →ISBN:
        I implore you not to allow prison to rob you of your dream or vision, nor of your dignity or self-worth. In all of us, there are untapped abilities. I encourage you to write that book, start that ministry, teach, study, pursue your dream.
  2. (intransitive) Often followed by for (a thing) or of (a person): to express an earnest or urgent plea.

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implore (plural implores)

  1. (obsolete, rare) An act of begging or pleading earnestly or urgently; an entreaty, an imploration or imploring, a plea.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, “Book II, Canto V”, in The Faerie Queene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC, stanza 37, page 256:
      Suddenly out of his delightfull dreame / The man avvoke, and vvould haue queſtiond more; / But he vvould not endure that vvofull theame / For to dilate at large, but vrged ſore / VVith percing vvordes, and pittifull implore, / Him haſty to ariſe.

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  1. ^ implore, v.”, in Lexico,; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
  2. ^ implore, v.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, March 2023.
  3. ^ † implore, n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, March 2023.

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  1. inflection of implorer:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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  1. inflection of implorar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

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  1. inflection of implorar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative