en·​treaty | \ in-ˈtrē-tē How to pronounce entreaty (audio) , en- \
plural entreaties

Definition of entreaty

: an act of entreating : plea

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Examples of entreaty in a Sentence

our entreaties to give us another few minutes to answer the test questions fell on deaf ears
Recent Examples on the Web Some participants might even form an uncommitted caucus as a protest or out of indecision, inviting entreaties from candidate groups. Fortune, "How the Iowa caucuses work—and what’s new for 2020," 3 Feb. 2020 Only now, after endless City Council meetings and bottomless court filings and trips to appeals courts and even an entreaty to the state’s Supreme Court, is the end somewhere in sight. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "That fracking $30-million lawsuit pitting Dallas against gas-driller Trinity East finally goes to trial," 28 Jan. 2020 Barkett also got frequent morning entreaties from Mookie Betts to do early work in the batting cage. BostonGlobe.com, "The Red Sox will seek someone with a different — presumably more analytically based — skill set for the position of assistant hitting coach.," 3 Oct. 2019 The preferred entreaties are often Power Nuggets or Mice Tails. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Lake Amador is Northern California’s fish factory," 31 Jan. 2020 Some of these recommendations sound a little like a parent’s entreaty to a child to eat the daily apple or finish broccoli left on a plate. Gary Stix, Scientific American, "What’s in Kale (or a Pear) that Seems to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk?," 30 Jan. 2020 The company's impeachment ad, which ran last week, wasn't the blunt-force entreaty of most political ads. oregonlive, "Spice company Penzeys spent more money on impeachment ads on Facebook than anyone not named Trump," 9 Oct. 2019 Despite entreaties from the candidates running for president, the Democratic National Committee announced new higher thresholds needed to qualify for the debate stage in Iowa in January. NBC News, "DNC raises qualification thresholds again for January debate," 20 Dec. 2019 At the time, Hampton shared texts with the Tribune that detailed a relentless series of entreaties from Kevin Quinn to go out with him. Ray Long, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-campaign worker settles federal lawsuit with House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political committees over sexual harassment claims against top staffer," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of entreaty

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of entreaty was circa 1530

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“Entreaty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entreaty?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=entrea04. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce entreaty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of entreaty

formal : a serious request for something


en·​treaty | \ in-ˈtrē-tē How to pronounce entreaty (audio) \
plural entreaties

Kids Definition of entreaty

: a serious and urgent request

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