Definition of beg
1 : to ask for as a charity (see charity 2a) 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
1 : to ask for alms children begging on the streets
2 : to ask earnestly begged for mercy
beg the question
1 : to pass over or ignore a question by assuming it to be established or settled
2 : to elicit a question logically as a reaction or response the quarterback's injury begs the question of who will start in his place
Examples of beg in a Sentence
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.”
Recent Examples of beg from the Web
A member of the Republican National Committee in Nevada apologized after retweeting an article that begged for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to die.
For those opposed to large primal cuts of cow, consider the sea bream, which is cleverly deboned yet served whole with charred halves of lemon and orange that beg to be given a liberal squeeze.
Mr Nkundiye spent eight years in prison but was then released, having confessed and begged forgiveness.
Screaming at me at the top of its lungs. Begging me to give it my best shot.
One woman in a niqab on a recent ride gave graphic details about her daughter’s illness, saying the costs of treatment forced her to beg.
This begs the question: Why were so many murdered, and why does no one seem to remember?
Others tagged her ex The Weeknd in the photo's comment section, which begs the question, why?
At others, audience members yelled at the actors, begging them to stop.
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Origin and Etymology of beg
Middle English beggen
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of beg
Definition of beg
BEG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of beg for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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