en·​treat | \in-ˈtrēt, en-\
entreated; entreating; entreats

Definition of entreat 

intransitive verb

1 obsolete

a : negotiate

b : intercede

2 : to make an earnest request : plead

transitive verb

1 : to plead with especially in order to persuade : ask urgently entreated his boss for another chance

2 archaic : to deal with : treat

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Other Words from entreat

entreatingly \in-​ˈtrē-​tiŋ-​lē, en-​ \ adverb
entreatment \in-​ˈtrēt-​mənt, en-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of entreat in a Sentence

I entreat you to help me. she began her letter by entreating me to forgive the belatedness of her reply

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But whilst thus entreating him to save her and her family, the slave-driver, who had first bought her, came running in pursuit of her with a raw hide in his hand. Solomon Jones, Philly.com, "153 years after Juneteenth, black and brown people are still dehumanized in America | Solomon Jones," 19 June 2018 Gregarious guides may entreat visitors to speak from the podium used by Dr. King. New York Times, "36 Hours in Montgomery, Ala.," 3 May 2018 But her stationery story began in 2009, when a friend entreated Menocal to create invitations for her Palm Beach, Florida, wedding. Christine Whitney, WSJ, "Three Top Stationers on Their Perfect Pens, Favorite Travel Finds, Inspirations and More," 7 Dec. 2017 Other local families arrive, also entreating Stockton to save them. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Reimagining The Twilight Zone for the 21st Century," 20 Dec. 2017 Some have written that Kansas City can put together a legitimate bid to entreat Amazon to the City of Fountains. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Why people say Amazon will choose KC, why it won’t, and why the dream could backfire," 12 Sep. 2017 The 7,650-foot-tall peak, known for its bizarrely thin, silvery lava, is a place of pilgrimage for the pastoralist Maasai, who travel there to entreat their god Engai for rain, cattle, and children. Robert Clark, National Geographic, "Treasure Trove of Ancient Human Footprints Found Near Volcano," 10 Oct. 2016 For years, a wide spectrum of groups in the U.S. lectured, cajoled and entreated China to go green. Andrew Browne, WSJ, "China Is the World’s Worst Polluter. Don’t Expect It to Be a Climate Crusader," 6 June 2017 The recreational-fishing groups entreated Banks to ask NOAA for blanket approval to manage red snapper out to 200 nautical miles, according to Banks. Todd Masson, NOLA.com, "Official says red snapper plan will result in higher harvest," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of entreat

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for entreat

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

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English Language Learners Definition of entreat

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


en·​treat | \in-ˈtrēt \
entreated; entreating

Kids Definition of entreat

: 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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