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English definition of “exhort”

exhort

verb [T + to infinitive]     /ɪɡˈzɔːt/ US  /-ˈzɔːrt/ formal
to strongly encourage or try to persuade someone to do something: The governor exhorted the prisoners not to riot.Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act exhortation     /ˌeɡ.zɔːˈteɪ.ʃən/ US  /-zɔːr-/ noun [C or U] Despite the exhortations of the union leaders the workers voted to strike. The book is essentially an exhortation to religious tolerance.Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
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