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How many precious things do we not already possess which others have not - have hardly an idea of! Let us enjoy these, then, and bless God that we are permitted to enjoy them, rather than importune His goodness with vain longings for more.
Jane Welsh Carlyle

Meaning of "importune" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD IMPORTUNE

From Latin importūnus tiresome, from im-in-1 + -portūnus as in opportūnusopportune.
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PRONUNCIATION OF IMPORTUNE

importune  [ɪmˈpɔːtjuːn] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF IMPORTUNE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Importune is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb importune in English.

WHAT DOES IMPORTUNE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Pester

Pester may refer to: In fictional characters: ▪ Pester, a Marvel Comics character ▪ Professor Pester, the main villain in the animated television series Viva Piñata ▪ Rex Pester, a reporter in the animated film The Rugrats Movie In people: ▪ De Pester, a Dutch noble family ▪ Lorie , born Laure Pester, French pop singer ▪ Paul Pester, chief executive officer of TSB Bank In other uses: ▪ Pešter, a plateau in southwestern Serbia ▪ Pester Ball, a ball that releases a Pokémon repellent in Pokémon ▪ Pester Lloyd, a German-language weekly newspaper in Hungary...

Definition of importune in the English dictionary

The first definition of importune in the dictionary is to harass with persistent requests; demand of insistently. Other definition of importune is to beg for persistently; request with insistence. Importune is also to anger or annoy.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO IMPORTUNE

PRESENT

Present
I importune
you importune
he/she/it importunes
we importune
you importune
they importune
Present continuous
I am importuning
you are importuning
he/she/it is importuning
we are importuning
you are importuning
they are importuning
Present perfect
I have importuned
you have importuned
he/she/it has importuned
we have importuned
you have importuned
they have importuned
Present perfect continuous
I have been importuning
you have been importuning
he/she/it has been importuning
we have been importuning
you have been importuning
they have been importuning
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I importuned
you importuned
he/she/it importuned
we importuned
you importuned
they importuned
Past continuous
I was importuning
you were importuning
he/she/it was importuning
we were importuning
you were importuning
they were importuning
Past perfect
I had importuned
you had importuned
he/she/it had importuned
we had importuned
you had importuned
they had importuned
Past perfect continuous
I had been importuning
you had been importuning
he/she/it had been importuning
we had been importuning
you had been importuning
they had been importuning
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will importune
you will importune
he/she/it will importune
we will importune
you will importune
they will importune
Future continuous
I will be importuning
you will be importuning
he/she/it will be importuning
we will be importuning
you will be importuning
they will be importuning
Future perfect
I will have importuned
you will have importuned
he/she/it will have importuned
we will have importuned
you will have importuned
they will have importuned
Future perfect continuous
I will have been importuning
you will have been importuning
he/she/it will have been importuning
we will have been importuning
you will have been importuning
they will have been importuning
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would importune
you would importune
he/she/it would importune
we would importune
you would importune
they would importune
Conditional continuous
I would be importuning
you would be importuning
he/she/it would be importuning
we would be importuning
you would be importuning
they would be importuning
Conditional perfect
I would have importune
you would have importune
he/she/it would have importune
we would have importune
you would have importune
they would have importune
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been importuning
you would have been importuning
he/she/it would have been importuning
we would have been importuning
you would have been importuning
they would have been importuning
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you importune
we let´s importune
you importune
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to importune
Past participle
importuned
Present Participle
importuning
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH IMPORTUNE


attune
əˈtjuːn
autoimmune
ˌɔːtəʊɪˈmjuːn
autotune
ˈɔːtəʊˌtjuːn
choon
tjuːn
commune
kəˈmjuːn
detune
diːˈtjuːn
disattune
ˌdɪsəˈtjuːn
distune
dɪsˈtjuːn
dune
djuːn
immune
ɪˈmjuːn
infortune
ɪnˈfɔːtjuːn
inopportune
ɪnˈɒpəˌtjuːn
mistune
ˌmɪsˈtjuːn
Neptune
ˈnɛptjuːn
opportune
ˈɒpəˌtjuːn
preattune
ˌpriːəˈtjuːn
retune
riːˈtjuːn
tribune
ˈtrɪbjuːn
tune
tjuːn
untune
ʌnˈtjuːn

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE IMPORTUNE

import trade
import-export
import-export trade
importability
importable
importance
importancy
important
importantly
importation
imported
importer
importing
importunacy
importunate
importunately
importunateness
importunely
importuner
importunity

WORDS THAT END LIKE IMPORTUNE

befortune
call the tune
carry a tune
change one´s tune
Dame Fortune
fine-tune
fortune
give hostages to fortune
misfortune
pay the piper and call the tune
signature tune
small fortune
soldier of fortune
unfortune
wheel of fortune

Synonyms and antonyms of importune in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «IMPORTUNE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «importune» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of importune

Translation of «importune» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF IMPORTUNE

Find out the translation of importune to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of importune from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «importune» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

胡搅蛮缠
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

importune
570 millions of speakers

English

importune
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

जिद
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

ضجر
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

домогаются
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

importune
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অনুরোধ করা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

importuner
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Importune
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

belästigen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

しつこく懇願する
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

쥐어 짜다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Importune
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

yêu cầu
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

திரும்பத் திரும்பக் கெஞ்சிக்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

आयात करणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

ısrarla istemek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

importunare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

nagabywać
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

домагаються
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

agăța
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

γίνομαι φορτικός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

aandring
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

besvära
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

importune
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of importune

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «IMPORTUNE»

The term «importune» is normally little used and occupies the 136.967 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «IMPORTUNE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «importune» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «importune» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about importune

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2 QUOTES WITH «IMPORTUNE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word importune.
1
Jane Welsh Carlyle
How many precious things do we not already possess which others have not - have hardly an idea of! Let us enjoy these, then, and bless God that we are permitted to enjoy them, rather than importune His goodness with vain longings for more.
2
Thomas Gray
Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune, he had not the method of making a fortune.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «IMPORTUNE»

Discover the use of importune in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to importune and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Middle English Dictionary
importune 109 imposicioun Englisshmen declared. (l427) RPari. 4.326b: Ye Kyng. . devised yerfore unto you a name different from oyer Counsail- lers, nought ye name of Tutour. . nor no name yat shuld em- porte auctorite of governaunce of ...
Hans Kurath, Robert E. Lewis, 1968
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Encyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the ...
Sidney. * IMPORTUNE, adj. [importunus, Latin. It was anciently pronounced with the accent on the second syllable.] r. Constantly recurring ; troublesome by frequency. — All that charge did fervently apply, With greedy malice and importune toil ...
‎1816
3
Encyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of ...
IMPORTUNE, aplj. [importunus, Latin! It waa anciently pronounced with the accent on the second syllable.] 1. Constantly recurring ; troublesome 1>y frequency. — All that charge did fervently apply, □With greedy malice and importune toil ...
Encyclopaedia Perthensis, 1816
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Encyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the ...
Command; blesome by frequency. — injunction. Not in use. — AH that charge dJfi fervently apply, According to your ladyship's impose, With greedy malice and importune toil ; I am thus early come. Shak, And planted there their huge artillery, .
‎1816
5
A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are ...
[impcrtimiu, Latin ; importune, French.] Unseat sonable and incessant in solicitations ; not to be repulsed. I was in debt to my importunate business ; but he would not hear my excuse. Sbakspeare. They may not be able to bear the clamour of an ...
Samuel Johnson, 1805
6
The London encyclopaedia: or Universal dictionary of ...
And for he n'ill be importune Unto no wight, ne onerous. Nor of hire godesse covetous. Chaucer, lionmunt of the Rote, And the' armies of their creatures all, and some Do serve to them, and with importune might War against us the vassals of ...
‎1829
7
Encyclopaedia metropolitana: or Universal dictionary of ...
IMPORTUNE. IMPOTENT. IMPOUND. IMPORT. Aoa. Speak, Prince of Ithaca, and be't of lesse expect : — That matter need lesse of import/ate burthen IMPOR- Diuide thy lips. TUNE. Shaispeare. Troylus and Crcstida, fol. 83. V""V^"'' The only  ...
Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose, 1845
8
A New Dictionary of the English Language ...
Rom. of the Rose. He fyndeth hys hope moch therwith reuyued He dare imoortune the Lorde on euery ayde. Wyatt. Psaltne ill. The Auctor. More shall thy pennytent sighes his endless mercy please Then their importune suits, which dreams that ...
Charles Richardson, 1856
9
A Dictionary of the Bengala Language: In which the Words are ...
<«Ewt, v. a. (from At, action, ^At, to move, andM, to sound,, to importune, to teaze, to urge a peevish complaint ; s. importunity, a teasing importunity. C«tVe1;t, a. ( from CAt^El, to importune), importuned, solicited; l. the importuning of a person.
William Carey, 1825
10
Encyclopaedia Londinensis, or, Universal dictionary of arts, ...
The bloom os beauty other years demands, Nor will be gather'd by such wither'd hands : You importune it with, a false desire. Dryden. [Accented on the second syllable, and used by Spenser for] To import i But the sage wizard telles, as he has ...
‎1811

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «IMPORTUNE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term importune is used in the context of the following news items.
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Making Tourism Development Area Worthwhile
... in an importune manner that could bring set back to the industry. 'Bumsters' are always in their own world they exist in all tourism destinations ... «AllAfrica.com, Jul 15»
2
David Stockman: The Curse of the Euro — Money Corrupted …
First, the real policy of the Troika was not “austerian” as gas-bags like Professor Krugman constantly importune; as indicated, it is actually a ... «Newsmax, Jul 15»
3
Accommodating Jewish Voters
Certainly we think it behooves the DNC and the Republican National Committee to importune their party officials in both states to follow New ... «The Jewish Press, Jul 15»
4
Le mensonge de François Hollande sur les élections au Burundi …
... burundais dans les pays voisins est, elle aussi, hautement importune. ... est une perspective effrayante et hautement importune, elle aussi. «Burundi Generation Africa News information, Jul 15»
5
Requiem for a palm: A story of an earthquake, revival and love
A storm could mean a flying, errant 30-pound, 20-foot frond at any importune moment. Like the time I was walking toward the driveway to meet ... «Santa Cruz Sentinel, Jul 15»
6
Who is in charge here in classroom?
When the appetites relax and cease to importune, everything Sophocles said comes to pass, and we escape many mad masters. In these ... «Kearney Hub, Jul 15»
7
Lea Aimiuwu, the Transformation Leader, Godspeed
... he turned out to be strongly protective of privacy and stoutly disinclined to importune friends and relatives alike. Only such tough disposition ... «AllAfrica.com, Jul 15»
8
AU Navigating Quicksands
But he faced a veritable dilemma: whether it was more important for him to listen to an importune racist agency seeking global notoriety by ... «AllAfrica.com, Jun 15»
9
Tuaone, Bisgrove, win Long Drive in thrilling fashion
As Tuaone lifted the shot, a bird took flight, picking an importune time to do a Hakeem Olajuwon impression and collided with ball 50 yards from ... «St. George Daily Spectrum, Jun 15»
10
Astounding claims
Insurers typically seek a tie-up with a bank to identify and importune likely customers. AIA, a big regional insurer, has a partnership of this sort ... «The Economist, Jun 15»

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