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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After Marip Lu told her parents the news, her mother, Tangbau Hkawn, begged her not to go. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "6 Years Gone: Myanmar woman escapes brutal China captivity," 6 Sep. 2018 The demand was so fevered that the Super Eagles had friends and family hitting them up for a connect, to no avail: Forward Alex Iwobi saw an Arsenal teammate beg him for one. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Nigeria Has Already Won the World Cup (of Style)," 11 June 2018 Kehlani is quick to get in, while Kiyoko stands outside begging her not to go. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Hayley Kiyoko & Kehlani Run Off Into the Sunset Together in Epic 'What I Need' Video," 31 May 2018 Clay begs Tyler not to go through with his plan, noting that there are other alternatives. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""13 Reasons Why" Season 2's School Shooting Plot Presents a Dangerous "What If?"," 21 May 2018 For the rest of April and into early May, the clouds have been thick over Portland and fishermen have been begging me to call it off. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "RIP Pat McManus, a master outdoor humorist and teacher," 13 Apr. 2018 Between open-plan spaces that merge the eating and living spaces and the ubiquitous kitchen island that begs pulling up a chair, the kitchen has never been more the heart of the home. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "5 Renovation Secrets That Pay Off, According to an Expert Home Stager," 26 Feb. 2019 Two award-winning authors have teamed up to create a delightfully whimsical tale that begs to be read with a friend. The Christian Science Monitor, "4 delightful new books for middle-grade readers," 7 June 2018 The jurors could also hear Gutierrez’s stepdaughter on the call begging Miranda to leave, not because she wasn’t wanted there but to protect the Gutierrez family. Janelle Walker, Elgin Courier-News, "Prosecutor credits technology for persuading jury of Elgin man's guilt in murder trial," 12 May 2018

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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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The first known use of beg was in the 13th century

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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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