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exhort (one) to (do something)

To plead with one to do something. I exhorted the kids to behave at the wedding, but I'm still fearing possible tantrums.
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exhort someone to do something

to urge or pressure someone to do something. She exhorted us to do better, but we only did worse. The boss exhorted the workers to increase productivity.
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In this TAC all Bata companies were exhorted to work in co-operation with their local authorities to identify problems and carry out precautionary measures.
Her aerobics instructor exhorted her to "feel the burn," but she also felt the snap, crackle, and pop of overstressed cartilage during one workout.
Before his death, Jim Neubacher exhorted readers to stay informed and to continue to press policy makers for change.
27 (ANI): Actor turned politician Kamal Hassan on Saturday exhorted students to find who is robbing country.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh pointed out to the encouraging first stage forecast of the South West monsoon during Kharif 2017 and exhorted the States to make all necessary arrangements of agricultural inputs for our farmers.
NNA - The Maronite Church is whole heartedly for a frank dialogue and reconciliation between various protagonists, patriarch Bshara Rahi exhorted his 2nd Congregation of Maronite youth at the Basilica of the Lady of Lebanon in Mt.
Sultan Azam Temuri has exhorted the ITP personnel to make performance of the force a role model and ensure better traffic system in the capital.
In Canada, one editorial in the Canadian Jewish News (August 5, 2004) argued that Iran "has now become the chief threat to peace in the world;" another one (September 23) exhorted the West to "stand firm against Iran.
In Massachusetts, Boston Archbishop Scan E O'Malley last month exhorted Catholic lawyers and judges to oppose gay marriage, the Boston Globe reported.
Other speakers exhorted this panel to move beyond the parameters of its mission, arguing that the death penalty process in Illinois could not be reformed, could not be fixed--it could only be abolished.
It's an intriguing statement coming from the woman who, in her landmark 1986 guide, Writing Down the Bones, exhorted everyone to get out their notebooks and write their way to creative fulfillment.
At the time of the offenses, 19 experienced psychotic symptoms--such as hearing voices that exhorted them to commit the crime--and 13 were homeless.
Similarly, it would have been better if Wolfson had exhorted less, quoted less, recommended less, and illustrated his call for imaginative press coverage a little more, well, imaginatively.