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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Bind tight and keep shoving, he exhorted them.
▪ He would also exhort his children to read it, and laid great stress upon the utility of information.
▪ Ishmael is firmly committed to this experience, but here he exhorts against it.
▪ It exhorts employers to give workers a better balance between home and working lives.
▪ Other players pumped their fists or otherwise exhorted the fans.
▪ The Corporation considered the £2,400 price was simply an attempt by the company to exhort public money.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Exhort \Ex*hort"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exhorted; p. pr. & vb. n. Exhorting.] [L. exhortari; ex out + hortari to incite, encourage; cf. F. exhorter. See Hortative.] To incite by words or advice; to animate or urge by arguments, as to a good deed or laudable conduct; to address exhortation to; to urge strongly; hence, to advise, warn, or caution.

Examples gross as earth exhort me.

Let me exhort you to take care of yourself.
--J. D. Forbes.


Exhort \Ex*hort"\, v. i. To deliver exhortation; to use words or arguments to incite to good deeds.

With many other words did he testify and exhort.
--Acts ii. 40.


Exhort \Ex*hort"\, n. Exhortation. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, "to exhort, encourage," from Old French exhorer (13c.) and directly from Latin exhortari "to exhort, encourage, stimulate" (see exhortation). Related: Exhorted; exhorting.


vb. To urge; to advise earnestly.

  1. v. 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]

Usage examples of "exhort".

Hengist, who boldly aspired to the conquest of Britain, exhorted his countrymen to embrace the glorious opportunity: he painted in lively colors the fertility of the soil, the wealth of the cities, the pusillanimous temper of the natives, and the convenient situation of a spacious solitary island, accessible on all sides to the Saxon fleets.

A counter-proclamation was adopted by this meeting, in which the abandonment of the intended assembling at Clontarf was announced, and the people were exhorted not to assemble.

But he not only authoritatively assumes the truth of a future life: he speaks directly of it in many ways, often returns to it, continually hovers about it, reasons for it, exhorts upon it, makes most of his instructions hinge upon it, shows that it is a favorite subject of his communion.

Her violent contortions over the tabouret, needless to say, showed off the most secret parts of her nubile young body in the most lascivious way, and Maude righteously exhorted Charlene to take her birching humbly and not be such an indecent minx, advice which poor Charlene could not have heeded at this point, much less count off the strokes.

I wish to speak about, and I need not exhort you to master them, for the day is not far off when you, and each of you, will be soaring in outer space, with the welfare of this nation and indeed of all mankind depending upon how you perform.

In his speech, his majesty exhorted the members, with more than ordinary earnestness, to exert themselves in their several counties to repress the efforts of the disaffected, and in maintaining public peace and good order.

The ecclesiastics, to whom we are indebted for this vague description of the public calamities, embraced the opportunity of exhorting the Christians to repent of the sins which had provoked the Divine Justice, and to renounce the perishable goods of a wretched and deceitful world.

A second messenger, who had been commanded to bring the rebel in chains, was trampled under the feet of an elephant, and manifestos were diligently circulated, exhorting the Persians to assert their freedom against an odious and contemptible tyrant.

After exhorting the Moslems to confide in the aid of God and his apostle, Abubeker resolved, by a vigorous attack, to prevent the junction of the rebels.

Highly presuming that his person was sufficient for the public safety, he repassed the sea in a single brigantine, and left the remains of the army under the command of his son and the Norman counts, exhorting Bohemond to respect the freedom of his peers, and the counts to obey the authority of their leader.

God in his goodness has not called us merely for our own salvation, but also for that of many men, that we may go through all the world exhorting men, more by our example than by our words, to repent of their sins and bear the commandments in mind.

Have faith in God, who has overcome the world, that his Spirit will speak in you and by you, exhorting men to be converted and keep his commandments.

Italian world, we do not so much set before you either that or any other example, as your own past character, exhorting you to rule consistently with that.

The gardener felt that he was not wanted, so, after exhorting the widow to be calm and to come to him if she needed advice or help, he went away.

One of them published a tract when he took himself away, exhorting my friends to be on their guard lest they should be led by me into anti-christian error.