verb \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


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