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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.
See also: exhort, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Developed from his journals and from a series of lectures he gave in the winter of 1836-37, it exhorts the reader to consistently obey "the aboriginal self," or inner law, regardless of institutional rules, popular opinion, tradition, or other social regulators.
In it West exhorts us to first acknowledge "the monumental eclipse of hope, the unprecedented collapse of meaning, .
Under a passage headed Institutional constraints," it exhorts us to keep fighting the system and don't give up hope!"
The covenant-making ceremony of Joshua 24 includes our text in which Joshua exhorts the people of Israel to "choose this day whom you will serve...." Joshua then gives Israel an option: Yahweh or "the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are now living." That's a call for decisive action, and the people answer that call decisively.
Paul exhorts, "ambitious for the higher gifts" (I Cor 12:31), especially love.
She exhorts him in Spanish to work on his homework, and he responds dutifully in English.
On page 75, Joseph writes about his work and himself: 'Now this poem, a poet's analogue of thoughts, abbreviated/from master scrolls of purist taste, saturate in repetition/?....' Next, on page 77 the author exhorts readers to self-inquiry to discover themselves: '...
In a time when the world exhorts us to be relentlessly self-actualized, it asks us to rest quietly.
Wal-Mart bulldozes forests, farms and hometown retailers "anchoring" malls, then exhorts customers to "buy American" products; not that easy to do since 83% of the stock on Sam's shelves is foreign made.
(Greenberg's boasts of literary heavy lifting reek of the icky self-congratulation of a post-collegiate know-it-all, but they also constitute his charm, as when, for instance, he exhorts Harold to "read Racine over again.
Inspired by the expansive American landscape, he exhorts the reader to become his fellow traveler.
In "Love and the Enemy," he exhorts black leadership (and we, the people, too) to outgrow reactive rage.
The Synod exhorts divorced Catholics to live chaste lives, "according to God's law." Proposition 40 urges Church marriage tribunals to reflect carefully on the essential elements of a valid marriage, and calls for stronger efforts to prepare couples for Christian marriage.
Her voice weeps, exhorts, and catches your imagination as she narrates this outstanding testimony to one family's inner strength.
"It exhorts theologians and preachers of the divine word to abstain zealously from all gross exaggerations as well as petty narrow - mindedness in considering the singular dignity of the Mother of God."