be·​seech | \bi-ˈsēch, bē-\
beseeched or besought\ bi-​ˈsȯt , bē-​ \; beseeching

Definition of beseech 

transitive verb

1 : to beg for urgently or anxiously beseeched him to write while he was away— R. W. Hatch

2 : to request earnestly : implore besought their protection

intransitive verb

: to make supplication

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Choose the Right Synonym for beseech

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 beseech in a Sentence

parishioners ardently beseeched the local bishop not to close their beloved church

Recent Examples on the Web

The Colombian players are surrounding American referee Mark Geiger and beseeching him to change his mind. Andrew Das, New York Times, "England Shakes Its Shootout Curse and Saves Its World Cup," 5 July 2018 Customers’ beseeching Wakeling to add shrimp scampi to his summer fare is paying off. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Ciao Ristorante is Italian food with the ultimate Sicilian twist," 3 July 2018 Holbrook launched a full-on search on her own Facebook page, dropping a flurry of posts and pictures there, beseeching people to help her find Geraldine. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Emotional support pigeon goes on the lam in Oklahoma wearing pink diaper," 26 June 2018 The doors of the immaculate Renault Talisman limousine are open, the beseeching fans are waiting, as are the photographers at the photo call and the journalists at the press conference, but Spike Lee is not getting out of the car. Kenneth Turan,, "Spike Lee hopes 'BlacKkKlansman' is a wake-up call for the Trump era," 17 May 2018 Kennedy frequently appeared uneasy and faintly embarrassed by the upturned, shouting faces, the beseeching hands and the rough scrimmaging. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "RFK speaks at Hunters Point," 23 May 2018 Gleeful in mutiny, Haddish's fellow passengers beseech her to hijack microphone duties from Captain Nick. Caity Weaver, GQ, "There's Something Funny About Tiffany Haddish," 26 Mar. 2018 Kasatkina ended the first set in 22 minutes and left Kerber beseeching the heavens for help. Helene Elliott,, "Kasatkina moves to BNP Paribas Open semifinals with heads-up victory over Kerber," 16 Mar. 2018 Over a year later, the boy’s mother is beseeching Francis to bring his influence to bear. Mauricio Cuevas, The Seattle Times, "Joy, angst over pope visit to Chile’s restive Mapuche region," 14 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of beseech

12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for beseech

Middle English besechen, from be- + sechen to seek

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English Language Learners Definition of beseech

: to beg (someone) for something : to ask (someone) in a serious and emotional way to do something


be·​seech | \bi-ˈsēch \
besought\ -​ˈsȯt \ or beseeched; beseeching

Kids Definition of beseech

: to ask in a serious and emotional way We beseeched the king to let him live.

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