beseech

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verb be·seech \bi-ˈsēch, bē-\

Definition of beseech

beseeched

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besought

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beseeching

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to beg for urgently or anxiously beseeched him to write while he was away — R. W. Hatch

  3. 2 :  to request earnestly :  implore besought their protection

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make supplication

Examples of beseech in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of beseech

Middle English besechen, from be- + sechen to seek

Synonym Discussion of 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

BESEECH Defined for English Language Learners

beseech

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verb

Definition of beseech for English Language Learners

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


BESEECH Defined for Kids

beseech

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verb be·seech \bi-ˈsēch\

Definition of beseech for Students

besought

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beseeched

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beseeching

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



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