I beg, plead, implore, importune: Get some spokespeople out there for the cause who are just regular Americans.
I would not importune you so if I were not compelled by necessity.
Are these matters wherewith to importune a stranger—a guest?
If she ceased to importune him he would certainly cease to come, but she would not lose his friendship.
I must obey you at the city gate; but I will importune you here.
I believed your assertions, I yielded to your importune lies, and said I would name the day.
I fear to importune you by the length of this letter; but you will pardon me the liberty I take.
No use to importune her to act against her instincts—not a bit of use!
I intend to converse and argue and importune and insist and nag and nag.
The widow found it vain to importune him to swallow the medicines that had been sent.
1520s, back-formation from importunity, or else from Middle French importuner, from Medieval Latin importunari "to make oneself troublesome," from Latin importunus "unfit, troublesome," originally "having no harbor" (i.e. "difficult to access"), from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + portus "harbor" (see port (n.1)). Related: Importuned; importuning. As an adjective from early 15c.