Simple Definition of beg
: to ask people for money or food
: to ask (someone) in a very serious and emotional way for something needed or wanted very much
: to ask for (something needed or wanted very much) in a very serious and emotional way
Full Definition of beg
1 : to pass over or ignore a question by assuming it to be established or settled
2 : to elicit a question logically as a reaction or response <the quarterback's injury begs the question of who will start in his place>
Examples of beg
A homeless man begs on that corner every day.
children begging strangers for food
children begging food from strangers
He begged the doctor for medicine.
She begged him to read the story again.
He begged that she would forgive him.
begging a favor of someone
He's too proud to beg.
“Does your dog know any tricks?” “She knows how to beg.”
Origin of beg
Middle English beggen
First Known Use: 13th century
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