entreat

verb en·treat \ in-ˈtrēt , en- \

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of entreat

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

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

verb

Definition of entreat for English Language Learners

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


ENTREAT Defined for Kids

entreat

verb en·treat \ in-ˈtrēt \

Definition of entreat for Students

entreated; entreating
: 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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