entreat

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verb en·treat \in-ˈtrēt, en-\

Definition of entreat

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete a :  negotiateb :  intercede

  3. 2 :  to make an earnest request :  plead

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to plead with especially in order to persuade :  ask urgently <entreated his boss for another chance>

  6. 2 archaic :  to deal with :  treat

entreatingly

play \in-ˈtrē-tiŋ-lē, en-\ adverb

entreatment

play \in-ˈtrēt-mənt, en-\ noun

Examples of entreat in a sentence

  1. I entreat you to help me.

  2. <she began her letter by entreating me to forgive the belatedness of her reply>

Origin and Etymology of entreat

Middle English entreten, from Anglo-French entreter, from en- + treter to treat


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of entreat

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>.

ENTREAT Defined for English Language Learners

entreat

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verb en·treat \in-ˈtrēt, en-\

Definition of entreat for English Language Learners

  • : to ask (someone) in a serious and emotional way


ENTREAT Defined for Kids

entreat

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verb en·treat \in-ˈtrēt\

Definition of entreat for Students

entreated

entreating

  1. :  to ask in a serious and urgent way <“Friends, I entreat you not to quarrel!” — L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz>



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