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implore

verb     /ɪmˈplɔːr/ US  /-ˈplɔːr/
[T + to infinitive] to ask someone to do or not do something in a very sincere, emotional, and determined way: She implored her parents not to send her away to school.Making appeals and requests [T] literary to ask for something in a sincere and emotional way: She clasped her hands, and glancing upward, seemed to implore divine assistance.Making appeals and requests imploring     /-ɪŋ/ adjective He had an imploring look in his eyes.Making appeals and requests imploringly     /-ɪŋ.li/ adverb Making appeals and requests
(Definition of implore verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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