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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·por·tune, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Importuned p. pr. & vb. n. Importuning.]
 1. To request or solicit, with urgency; to press with frequent, unreasonable, or troublesome application or pertinacity; hence, to tease; to irritate; to worry.
    Their ministers and residents here have perpetually importuned the court with unreasonable demands.   --Swift.
 2. To import; to signify. [Obs.] “It importunes death.”