beseech

verb be·seech \ bi-ˈsēch , bē- \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of beseech

beseeched or besought play \-ˈsȯt\; beseeching
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

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

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

verb be·seech \ bi-ˈsēch \

Definition of beseech for Students

besought \-ˈsȯt\ or beseeched; beseeching
: to ask in a serious and emotional way We beseeched the king to let him live.


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