Word of the year 2023

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Word of the day: Importune

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Word of the year 2023

In an age where AI and Donald Trump have left many doubting the truth, US dictionary Merriam-Webster has revealed 2023’s most looked-up word. Photo: Pexels

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Today’s word of the day is: Importune meaning

Importune

Importune meaning: To importune someone is to annoy or pester them with repeated questions or requests.

Pronunciation: [ im-per-TOON]

If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of this classic road-trip refrain, then you, friend, have been importuned. Importune is most often encountered in formal speech and writing, however, so you’re more likely to have responded “Stop bothering/pestering/annoying me!” (or just “No!”) than “Please cease importuning me while I’m driving!” Nevertheless, importune—like bother, pester, and annoy—conveys irritating doggedness in trying to break down resistance to a request for something, whether information (such as a precise ETA) or a favor, as in “repeated e-mails from organizations importuning me for financial help.” Importune also functions in the legal realm, where it is used for behavior that qualifies as pressing or urging another with troublesome persistence.

Example: Several students importuned the professor to extend the deadline of the lengthy essay assignment until she finally relented.

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