VCR Lesson 7

Amelia Lennard

Fill in the Blank

The employee decided to quit his job because his boss continued to ___________ him to complete silly tasks such as cleaning the coffee machine and picking up dry cleaning.
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The word is...

importune

tr. verb. To make repeated and insistent demands and requests.

Roots

portus <L. "harbor," "gate"

im=in <L. "in"

Synonyms

impetrate

solicit

harass

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Antonyms

assist

dissuade

please

Other Forms

importunate- adjective

importunity- noun

importuner- noun

Practice

Choose the letter of the sentence in which the word in bold-faced type is used incorrectly.


a. When it came to importunity, the solicitor excelled because he was very good at selling products by constantly showing up at people's doors.

b. The store was importuned with so many orders for a specific pair of shoes that they ran out within a week of putting them on the shelf.

c. The importunate parents of the campers annoyed the counselors with their wide span of questions about the itinerary of the trip.

d. The intern can be considered an importuner because of all of her hard work in meeting the requests of the CEO.