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[ig-zawrt] /ɪgˈzɔrt/
verb (used with object)
to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently.
verb (used without object)
to give urgent advice, recommendations, or warnings.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English ex(h)orte < Latin exhortārī to encourage greatly, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + hortārī to urge
Related forms
exhorter, noun
exhortingly, adverb
unexhorted, adjective
1, 2. encourage, spur, press, goad. Unabridged
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  • Conductors try to get people past this by exhorting them to listen to the group and not to themselves.
  • Over the radio all of us were exhorting him to get moving down the ridge.
  • Labor unions were exhorting their members to show up.
  • It was also encouraging to see participants exhorting one another across country lines to strengthen certain laws and capacities.
  • He's exhorting them to emphasize pictures over words in their advertising.
British Dictionary definitions for exhorting


to urge or persuade (someone) earnestly; advise strongly
Derived Forms
exhortative (ɪɡˈzɔːtətɪv), exhortatory, adjective
exhorter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin exhortārī, from hortārī to urge
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Word Origin and History for exhorting



c.1400, from Old French exhorer (13c.) and directly from Latin exhortari "to exhort, encourage, stimulate" (see exhortation). Related: Exhorted; exhorting.

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