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beseech

verb be·seech \bi-ˈsēch, bē-\

: to beg (someone) for something : to ask (someone) in a serious and emotional way to do something

be·seeched or be·sought\-ˈst\be·seech·ing

Full Definition of BESEECH

transitive verb
1
:  to beg for urgently or anxiously
2
:  to request earnestly :  implore
intransitive verb
:  to make supplication
be·seech·ing·ly \-ˈsē-chiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of BESEECH

  1. <parishioners ardently beseeched the local bishop not to close their beloved church>

Origin of BESEECH

Middle English besechen, from be- + sechen to seek
First Known Use: 12th century

Synonym Discussion of BESEECH

beg, entreat, beseech, implore, supplicate, adjure, importune mean to ask urgently. beg suggests earnestness or insistence in the asking <they begged for help>. entreat implies an effort to persuade or to overcome resistance <entreated me to join them>. beseech and implore imply a deeply felt anxiety <I beseech you to have mercy> <implored her not to leave>. supplicate suggests a posture of humility <with bowed heads they supplicated their Lord>. adjure implies advising as well as pleading <we were adjured to tell the truth>. importune suggests an annoying persistence in trying to break down resistance <importuning viewers for donations>.
BESEECH Defined for Kids

beseech

verb be·seech \bi-ˈsēch\
be·sought \-ˈst\ or be·seechedbe·seech·ing

Definition of BESEECH for Kids

:  to ask in a serious and emotional way <We beseeched the king to let him live.>

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