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English definition of “importune”

importune

verb [T]     /ˌɪm.pɔːˈtjuːn/ US  /ˌɪm.pɔːrˈtuːn/ formal
to make repeated forceful requests for something, usually in a way that is annoying or causing slight problems : As a tourist , you are importuned for money the moment you step outside your hotel .Causing feelings of anger and displeasureMaking appeals and requests to ask for sex with someone in return for payment : He was arrested for importuning a young boy outside the station .Sexual activity in generalPhysical and sexual assault and abduction
(Definition of importune verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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