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She began to importune school trustees as soon as she learned of the problem.
  beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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importune importunate importuned importuner importuning importunately importunes
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  • She began to importune school trustees as soon as she learned of the problem.
  • I importune you to help them.
  • I will not importune you.
    Austen, Jane  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Gentlemen, importune me no farther,
    Shakespeare, William  --  The Taming of the Shrew

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  • At last, seeing my unconquerable repugnance, he ceased to importune me.
    Melville, Herman  --  Typee
  • Importune him once more to go, my lord;
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • I am dying, Egypt, dying; only
    I here importune death awhile, until
    Of many thousand kisses the poor last
    I lay upon thy lips.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • And at the same time I fear to importune it too much, because I do not know what might happen then.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • go and importune her.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • AMANDA [catching his arm-very importunately; then shyly]: Down at the warehouse, aren’t there some nice young men?
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie

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  • Billy did not want to see what happened next, and a clerk importuned him to come over and see some really hot stuff they kept under the counter for connoisseurs.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • A letter, however, had lately reached me in a distant part of the country—a letter from him—which, in its wildly importunate nature, had admitted of no other than a personal reply.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Then, however much mother and sister would importune him with little reproaches and warnings he would keep slowly shaking his head for a quarter of an hour with his eyes closed and refusing to get up.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • They were never importunate and yet never listless.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • You hear how he importunes me:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • and did request me to importune you to let...
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Against all sense you do importune her.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Have you importuned her to such a purpose?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • She is importunate;
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • There was something desperately importunate in that grip which chilled me.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Among these importunate signs was one that had caught the attention of the family by its pictures.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • But I will no longer importune my young cousin.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Yossarian whirled and seized the chaplain by the shirt front in an importuning grip.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • No, Sir_, said the other, _nothing at all except the enjoyment of your good company_: and so gave over importuning him.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • ROXANE: Oh, he will not importune me forever!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • He shot an arrow into the importunately nearest of them.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • "They mostly do," said the clergyman, griping hard at his breast, as if afflicted with an importunate throb of pain.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Blomkvist did not want to be importunate, so he waited a week before he went to her house.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Did he understand all those mysterious murmurs which warn or importune the spirit at certain moments of life?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I muttered, knocking my knuckles through the glass, and stretching an arm out to seize the importunate branch; instead of which, my fingers closed on the fingers of a little, ice-cold hand!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Presently one of the passengers, after vigorously pushing his way through the importunate crowd of porters, came up to him and politely asked if he could point out the English consulate, at the same time showing a passport which he wished to have visaed.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Charles and Hal begged her to get off and walk, pleaded with her, entreated, the while she wept and importuned Heaven with a recital of their brutality.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • I have almost forgotten you since: other ideas have driven yours from my head; but to-night I am resolved to be at ease; to dismiss what importunes, and recall what pleases.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • ’Dear me,’ said the gentleman, in the bottle-green coat, hastily rising with great politeness, ’I beg your pardon, young lady—I imagined it was some importunate person who—I beg you will excuse me.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Surprising how much like a small, begging child she makes me feel, simply by her scowl, her stolidity; how importunate and whiny.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Godfrey Cass was looking forward to this New Year’s Eve with a foolish reckless longing, that made him half deaf to his importunate companion, Anxiety.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Because we have very important matters to communicate to one another, and it was impossible to talk five minutes in that inn without being annoyed by all those importunate fellows, who keep coming in, saluting you, and addressing you.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • "I will not detain you, monsieur," continued the countess; "I would not have our gratitude become indiscreet or importunate."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Gentlemen, importune me no further, For how I firmly am resolv’d you know; That is, not to bestow my youngest daughter Before I have a husband for the elder.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • He wept, he entreated, he promised, he flattered, he importuned, he pretended with so much feeling and apparent sincerity, that he overthrew the virtuous resolves of Camilla and won the triumph he least expected and most longed for.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • His expression was almost a glare: importunate, urgent.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • "Is it a man?" he cried importunately, forgetting the woman.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • Here their conversation closed, the demands of the dance becoming now too importunate for a divided attention.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • So please you, he is here at the door and importunes access to you.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • He importunes, persecutes one, and levies a regular tax on all travellers.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • After she had unsuccessfully canvassed the town and refused the importuning of many eager Carpetbaggers, she finally decided to take Tommy’s suggestion and ask Hugh Elsing.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He was clawing at me, importunately and feebly, saying, "T-t-tell me, you better t-t-tell me now."
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • But it was over at last, that time of importunate certainty and eye-straining suspense.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • But the lawyer asked him, "Was she being importunate again?"
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • You have been strangely importunate.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
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