Definition of exhort in US English:

exhort

verb

  • with object and infinitive Strongly encourage or urge (someone) to do something.

    with direct speech ‘“Come on, you guys,” exhorted Linda’
    ‘the media have been exhorting people to turn out for the demonstration’
    • ‘Apart from condemning the U.S. and its allies as well as warning against their plans of further aggression, the documentary exhorts the people to boycott the U.S. products.’
    • ‘The big man repeatedly exhorts his fans to be leaders not followers, but like good followers, they obey his every word.’
    • ‘He exhorts me not to take the problems of the world so seriously, and to have more faith in the ways of Allah.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Mr. Deshprabhu exhorts future students of animation to specialise in specific software.’
    • ‘With a pointing finger, he exhorts the crowd of young law students to stop the assault on the powerless.’
    • ‘However, our co-ops have a crucial role to play, which must go well beyond exhorting farmers to get bigger and leaner.’
    • ‘She exhorts her audience to put up banners and posters on the highways and byways.’
    • ‘Another passage was the one where Miss Brodie exhorts her girls to be sure to recognise their prime and to live it to the full.’
    • ‘The counsellor exhorts him to unswervingly stick to his ART regimen along with a rich, nutritional diet.’
    • ‘She exhorts parents to teach their young that there is beauty and strength in diversity.’
    • ‘It exhorts viewers to fight against divisive forces that disrupt the peace of a nation, says Sundar.’
    • ‘He lauded the school for encouraging sports and exhorted young sportsmen to make strides in sports and academics.’
    • ‘From the back end of a bus, the City of York Council exhorts us to ‘cycle to work for a healthy heart’.’
    • ‘Moral consequentialism exhorts us to choose between different modes of life as well as different choices within each mode.’
    • ‘The government exhorts us to get off the roads and onto the railway, but it may not have considered the opposite proposition.’
    • ‘She gently admonished the translator, a man, by exhorting him not to be chauvinistic by distorting facts.’
    • ‘China's national anthem exhorts its citizens to move forward and resist foreign aggressors.’
    • ‘He's in constant mobile communication with an unseen editor who, like a devil on his shoulder, exhorts Dave to distort and exaggerate the story.’
    • ‘To get workers charged up, he exhorts his troops to act like entrepreneurs, take risks, and own up to failure quickly.’
    • ‘He simply exhorts parents, in the tradition of the uplifting revivalist, to do the things that will focus their kids on school and prepare them for better lives.’
    urge, encourage, call on, enjoin, adjure, charge, try to persuade, press, pressure, put pressure on, use pressure on, pressurize, lean on, push
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French exhorter or Latin exhortari, from ex- ‘thoroughly’ + hortari ‘encourage’.

Pronunciation

exhort

/ɪɡˈzɔrt//iɡˈzôrt/