en·​treat | \ in-ˈtrēt How to pronounce entreat (audio) , en- \
entreated; entreating; entreats

Definition of entreat

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

intransitive verb

1 : to make an earnest request : plead
2 obsolete

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Other Words from entreat

entreatingly \ in-​ˈtrē-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce entreatingly (audio) , en-​ \ adverb
entreatment \ in-​ˈtrēt-​mənt How to pronounce entreatment (audio) , 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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First Known Use of entreat

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2a

History and Etymology for entreat

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

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“Entreat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entreating. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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How to pronounce entreat (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of entreat

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


en·​treat | \ in-ˈtrēt How to pronounce entreat (audio) \
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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