beg

verb
\ˈbeg \
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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The almond butter was practically begging me to add a pinch of salt, and the cashew butter was totally delicious plain. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Nut Butter With Any Kind of Nut," 9 Nov. 2018 So, everyone's been begging us for the scent that's in our wave spray, the scent that's in our shampoo. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Jen Atkin Launches OUAI Fragrance in 4 Scents," 6 Nov. 2018 Whitten begged his parents to drive down to the dealership and enter. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "You know that red sports car you saw around Redmond? It sold for a record $48 million," 25 Oct. 2018 Now, fans are begging that AGT brings back Riana and gives her another shot at the title: The passion is clearly real. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The 'America's Got Talent' Quarterfinals Results Are in and They're Very Controversial," 23 Aug. 2018 But in this case, airlines are begging for new regulations rather than opposing them. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "On U.S. Planes, the Dogs Are Winning," 8 Aug. 2018 Contentious moments in matches are now routinely followed by a mini-performance of players begging for a second opinion. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Soccer’s New Favorite Pantomime," 6 July 2018 That begs one simple question: What is stopping us from taking this story from fiction to fact? Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Wimbledon, Scarlett Johansson, House of Cards: Broadsheet July 6th," 6 July 2018 What's more, talks of a trade for Leonard have cooled, as reported by USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick, which begs the question: Are the Lakers going to wait until next summer to make another big splash? Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Lakers have second-best odds to win championship after landing LeBron James," 2 July 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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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 \
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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