be·​seech | \ bi-ˈsēch How to pronounce beseech (audio) , bē- \
beseeched or besought\ bi-​ˈsȯt How to pronounce besought (audio) , 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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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 Through it all, Yablonski and his attorneys beseeched the U.S. Department of Labor to get involved, to no avail. Vince Guerreri, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Years Ago, the Murder of Jock Yablonski Shocked the Labor Movement," 31 Dec. 2019 The product has since racked up a wait list of more than 4,000 eager fans, all of whom have been beseeching the brand to bring back the beloved lip treatment. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "Tatcha's best-selling lip mask is finally back in stock," 26 Dec. 2019 The letters were thought to beseech the protection of the Virgin Mary, say historians. Fox News, "Mysterious hidden 'witches’ marks' revealed," 31 Oct. 2019 The younger Biden was a director of a Ukrainian energy company at the time his father, the vice president, was beseeching Ukrainian officials to crack down on corruption. Paul Farhi, Washington Post, "How a conservative columnist helped push a flawed Ukraine narrative," 26 Sep. 2019 Secretary Pompeo and Special Envoy Hook have been tirelessly beseeching allies to come around to the administration’s approach, and their efforts appear to be bearing fruit. Rebeccah Heinrichs, National Review, "Trump’s Approach to Iran Smartly Strikes a Difficult Balance," 26 Sep. 2019 The city posted signs beseeching parents not to let kids play inside the fountain. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Long-dry Mayors’ Discovery Park fountain could be restored or repurposed," 19 Sep. 2019 No, those aren’t personnel executives from Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Miami beseeching the former 49ers quarterback to Save Our Ship. Gary Peterson,, "Colin Kaepernick’s work on Nike ad earns Emmy, not NFL quarterback gig," 18 Sep. 2019 No, those aren’t personnel executives from Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Miami beseeching the former 49ers quarterback to Save Our Ship. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Kaepernick’s work on Nike ad earns Emmy, not NFL quarterback gig," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of beseech was in the 12th century

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“Beseech.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of beseech

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


be·​seech | \ bi-ˈsēch How to pronounce beseech (audio) \
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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