Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To appeal to in supplication; beseech: implored the tribunal to have mercy.
  • transitive v. To beg for urgently; entreat.
  • intransitive v. To make an earnest appeal. See Synonyms at beg.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To beg for, to entreat urgently or earnestly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Imploration.
  • intransitive v. To entreat; to beg; to prey.
  • transitive v. To call upon, or for, in supplication; to beseech; to pray to, or for, earnestly; to petition with urgency; to entreat; to beg; -- followed directly by the word expressing the thing sought, or the person from whom it is sought.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To call upon in supplication; beseech or entreat; pray or petition earnestly.
  • To pray or beg for earnestly; seek to obtain by supplication or entreaty: as, to implore aid or pardon.
  • Synonyms Request, Beg, etc. See ask and solicit.
  • To supplicate; entreat.
  • n. Earnest supplication.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. call upon in supplication; entreat

Etymologies

Latin implōrāre : in-, toward; see in-2 + plōrāre, to weep.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French implorer, Latin implōrō ("beseech, implore"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It requested the President “to appoint a day for humiliation and prayer” and to ask the people “to convene at their usual places of worship” in order that they may “confess and repent of their manifold sins, implore the compassion and forgiveness of the Almighty, that, if consistent with his will the existing rebellion may be speedily suppressed” and “implore him as the supreme ruler of the world not to destroy us as a people.

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  • I would again implore ... not to let this opportunity pass.

    Ontario and the Constitutional Proposals

  • I send you ten shillings for pocket-money, and again implore you to let Mrs. Bax have a little rest and peace.

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  • The letter I send this year will again implore you.

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  • Besides, if we can obtain from them even this admission, that those who are not yet baptized implore the aid of the saviour's grace, this will indeed be no small matter against that false defense of nature, as being sufficient for itself, and of the power of free will.

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 2

  • Joss-house, and in the most abject terms implore forgiveness for his intemperate language over-night.

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  • When by the next morning he had slept off his debauch, and came round to recollection of his enormities, his penitence knew no bounds; he would prostrate himself in the Joss-house, and in the most abject terms implore forgiveness for his intemperate language over-night.

    Under the Dragon Flag

  • While Astro Coast may include sunny tunes like "Take It Easy" and "Floating Vibes" (songs that sound exactly like their titles implore), you'll also find harrowing, existential episodes like "Harmonix," where lead singer John Paul Pitts, swathed in thick reverb and echo, sings, "I won't wait around for the grass to grow back now."

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  • She implored me -- she used the word 'implore' -- to fly from her, to leave her to her fate, to endeavour to find happiness with some one else. "

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  • I implore you, in fact '(yes, that word,' implore 'was uttered!),' to tell me the whole truth, without mincing matters.

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