AskDefine | Define exhort

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1 urge on or encourage especially by shouts; "The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers" [syn: cheer, inspire, urge, barrack, urge on, pep up]
2 force or impel in an indicated direction; "I urged him to finish his studies" [syn: urge, urge on, press]

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From etyl la exhortor, from ex- + hortor



  1. To urge; to advise earnestly.
    • Perhaps because he was determined to make up for having walked out on them, perhaps because Harry’s descent into listlessness galvanized his dormant leadership qualities, Ron was the one now encouraging and exhorting the other two into action.

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admonish, advocate, blandish, cajole, call on, call upon, caution, charge, coax, egg on, encourage, enjoin, expostulate, goad, high-pressure, importune, incite, induce, insist, insist upon, issue a caveat, jawbone, lobby, move, nag, persuade, plead, plead with, preach, press, pressure, prick, prod, prompt, propel, push, recommend, remonstrate, sic, soft-soap, spur, stimulate, sweet-talk, urge, warn, wheedle, work on
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