be·​seech | \ bi-ˈsēch How to pronounce beseech (audio) , bē- \
beseeched or besought\ bi-​ˈsȯt How to pronounce beseech (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
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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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“Beseech.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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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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