beg leave

Definition of beg leave

formal + old-fashioned

  1. :  to ask for permission —followed by to + verb We beg leave to offer our humble thanks. I beg leave to differ with you, sir.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to ask for as a charity (see charity 2a)

    :  to ask earnestly for :  entreat

    :  to require as necessary or appropriate

  1. : begin; beginning

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  1. :  bequeath, devise

    :  to have remaining after one's death

    :  to cause to remain as a trace or aftereffect

  1. :  permission to do something

    :  authorized especially extended absence from duty or employment

    :  an act of leaving :  departure

  1. :  leaf


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