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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to make an earnest request : plead
entreatingly adverb
entreatment 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

Example Sentences

I entreat you to help me. she began her letter by entreating me to forgive the belatedness of her reply
Recent Examples on the Web Kimmel entreated viewers to vote Trump out of office in November, but also went further, attempting to grapple with the larger issues of racial injustice at play. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, 30 May 2020 At climate rallies, Granett entreats strangers to keep it terrestrial. Alex Davies, Wired, 1 Apr. 2020 Over the past three years, priests, bishops, and Pope Francis have condemned U.S. immigration policy under the Trump Administration and entreated Catholics around the world to stand up for the rights of migrants. Time, 7 Jan. 2020 Those things are forbidden, as entreating the angels with prayer. Jake Cline, Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2019 In the developing movie (based on the 2019 sequel to Ahern's original work) Holly's sister Ciara entreats her to share her touching story with the world on a podcast. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 13 Feb. 2020 Or Tinkerbell, a sassy alpha sprite who in a burst of feminist solidarity entreats her sisters to a call for girl power? Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2020 Kahn entreats the reader on the first page of her biography. Vogue, 6 Nov. 2019 Trump entreated black voters at numerous whistle stops. Deroy Murdock, National Review, 9 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of entreat was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Entreat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entreat. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


en·​treat in-ˈtrēt How to pronounce entreat (audio)
: to ask in a serious and urgent manner : plead, beg
entreatingly adverb

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