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beseech

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verb be·seech \bi-ˈsēch, bē-\

Simple Definition of beseech

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

Full Definition of beseech

be·seeched or be·soughtplay \-ˈsȯt\be·seech·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to beg for urgently or anxiously

  3. 2 :  to request earnestly :  implore

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make supplication

be·seech·ing·ly play \-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>.


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