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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.
See also: exhort, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: exhort, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Thus, a second implication is that CEOs can no longer be merely transactional managers who put out fires in the plant, exhort the sales force, consider capacity expansion and otherwise manage the day-to-day transaction of business.
His character changes, however; he is now extremely wise, and, in his repentance, he uses the time of his wandering to exhort other men to be mindful of their sins and avoid the wrath of God.
<![CDATA[ New posters in Jerusalem's hareidi neighborhoods exhort residents to demonstrate at Intel plant this Saturday.
The overture was highly unusual as North Korean propagandists have turned anti-Americanism into a near religion and regularly exhort their people to prepare for a possible war with 'US imperialists'.
From a brief exploration the roots of pervasive anti-Semitism as stemming from Christianity's and Islam's need to de-legitimize Judaism's older claim of a single, all-powerful God (among other factors), to a discussion of how Biblical passages are used to in modern-day America to exhort hatred of homosexuals and homosexuality, to religion's role in fueling the genocidal horrors of Nazism and much more, Rot on the Vine is disturbing, compelling, and highly recommended for religious studies shelves.
In all his talk about peace and justice he did not even bother to exhort the grads to go into the world and work for such.
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Kenneth Connor, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), called Powell's comments "reckless and irresponsible" and added, "President Bush should repudiate Secretary Powell's comments and publicly exhort him for his irresponsible remarks."
Phil Nanas of the Native Forest Council rose at the end to exhort people to support nothing less than a total ban on logging on public lands.
Luker's central point is that "early childbearing doesn't make young women poor; rather, poverty makes women bear children at an early age." It is not enough, she argues, to exhort impoverished young women to delay childbearing in the hope of a better future, because poor young women know that regardless of when they have babies, the outlook for their futures is bleak.
Therefore, we, as a church council, will do our best to teach our religious leaders and exhort our people to repent our corrupt ways and to renounce patronage politics as part of our practical Christian discipline.
He says God has compelled him to exhort people with his bullhorn and microphone to turn away from evil and seek God.
Incarnation is, after all, the impetus for the first great song of our Christian family: "come on children, let's sing/ about the goodness of the Lord," gospel shouters exhort us today, following the example of Mary long ago confronting an angel.
In the latter case he will want to exhort his Catholic faithful first of all.