verb en·treat \in-ˈtrēt, en-\

: to ask (someone) in a serious and emotional way

Full Definition of ENTREAT

intransitive verb
a :  negotiate
b :  intercede
:  to make an earnest request :  plead
transitive verb
:  to plead with especially in order to persuade :  ask urgently <entreated his boss for another chance>
archaic :  to deal with :  treat
en·treat·ing·ly \-trē-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
en·treat·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of ENTREAT

  1. I entreat you to help me.
  2. <she began her letter by entreating me to forgive the belatedness of her reply>

Origin of ENTREAT

Middle English entreten, from Anglo-French entreter, from en- + treter to treat
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ENTREAT

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>.
ENTREATINGLY Defined for Kids


verb en·treat \in-ˈtrēt\

Definition of ENTREAT for Kids

:  to ask in a serious and urgent way <“Friends, I entreat you not to quarrel!” — L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz>


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