im·por·tune (ĭm′pôr-tn, -tyn, ĭm-pôrchən)
v. im·por·tuned, im·por·tun·ing, im·por·tunes
1. To make an earnest request of (someone), especially insistently or repeatedly: "A dozen reporters importuned every passing ambassador to speak to them" (Felicity Barringer).
a. To ask for (something) urgently or repeatedly.
b. To annoy; vex.
To plead or urge irksomely, often persistently.
[French importuner, from Old French importun, inopportune, from Latin importūnus : in-, not; see IN-1 + portus, port, refuge; see per-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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