May 22, 2013
importunate (adjective)
\im-POR-chuh-nut\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: making a nuisance of oneself with requests or demands
How do you use it?
The hotel staff never had a peaceful moment in the entire week that the importunate singing star stayed at their establishment.
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these sentences do you think uses "importunate" correctly?

The first sentence that can be thrown out is B, which uses our Buzzword as a verb instead of an adjective. The appropriate verb here would be "import," which means "to bring into a country from another country." In sentence A, Jordan's family might be described as "impoverished," another word for "poor," while the word "important" might be attached to the conflicting athletic and musical contests in D. That leaves us with C, and the courteous diners who have learned to get what they want without being pushy.
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