beg

verb
\ ˈbeg How to pronounce beg (audio) \
begged; begging

Definition of beg

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to ask for as a charity (see charity sense 1a) begging food from strangers begged him for some change
2a : to ask earnestly for : entreat beg forgiveness I beg your pardon.
b : to require as necessary or appropriate a scene that begged to be photographed
3 : evade, sidestep begged the real problems

intransitive verb

1 : to ask for alms children begging on the streets
2 : to ask earnestly begged for mercy
beg the question
1 : to elicit a question logically as a reaction or response the quarterback's injury begs the question of who will start in his place
2 : to pass over or ignore a question by assuming it to be established or settled

Definition of beg (Entry 2 of 2)

begin; beginning

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Verb

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 him 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 to a request. importuning viewers for contributions

Examples of beg in a Sentence

Verb

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.”
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Her sons, then ages 6, 4 and 2, had been begging to participate in this long-hallowed rite of passage. Michael J. Gaynor, Washington Post, "Why officials from Colorado to Texas to D.C. are trying to protect lemonade stands," 17 Sep. 2019 Fans have been begging for early goals for a while now, in part due to the hangover from last season, the frenetic win over Aston Villa, and the disgusting loss to Newcastle. SI.com, "First Half Blitz Helps Tottenham Recapture Old White Hart Lane Buzz in 4-0 Crystal Palace Rout," 14 Sep. 2019 But a lot of younger audience members will be begging their parents to keep at least one bedroom light on after seeing it. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a disgustingly good gateway horror movie," 8 Aug. 2019 The police’s Brigade Touristique patrols areas popular with visitors, checking identity cards and arresting Moroccans for public drunkenness, theft, begging, and not having a guide license. Rachel Monroe, Outside Online, "Last winter, Moroccan officials found two hikers dead on the trail to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. The international investigation that followed revealed the fragility of the adventure travel economy, as well as what happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence.," 29 July 2019 Grimstead, with each letter, begged for answers, and grew more suspicious. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter Five: The Remnant," 20 July 2019 This family cabin tent is roomy enough for your better half and your children, or any sleepovers your kids have been begging you to host. Kelsey Butler, USA TODAY, "Have a memorable backyard campout tomorrow: items you can order for delivery," 19 July 2019 Veteran Republican campaign consultants are practically begging the president to talk more about the performance of the markets and the economy. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Democrats Should Attack the Trump Economy," 8 July 2019 The Obama administration was begging for a meeting. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "Former White House Officials Say President Trump 'Is Lying' Over Claims Obama Tried to Meet With Kim Jong Un," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of beg

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for beg

Verb

Middle English beggen

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beg

verb

English Language Learners 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

beg

verb
\ ˈbeg How to pronounce beg (audio) \
begged; begging

Kids Definition of beg

1 : to ask for money, food, or help as charity beg in the streets
2 : to ask as a favor in an earnest or polite way : plead

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