Definition of beseech in English:

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Pronunciation: /bəˈsēCH/

verb (pastand past participle besought /-ˈsôt/ or beseeched)

[reporting verb] literary
Ask (someone) urgently and fervently to do something; implore; entreat: [with object and infinitive]: they beseeched him to stay [with object]: they earnestly beseeched his forgiveness [with object and direct speech]: “You have got to believe me,” Gloria beseeched him (as adjective beseeching) a beseeching gaze
More example sentences
  • His friends urgently besought him while there was yet time to flee the country. ‘I have just been abroad… one can't keep on going abroad unless one is a missionary, or, what comes to the same thing, a commercial traveller ’, was his response.
  • People who pray tend to beseech their deity for some kind of enrichment or advancement.
  • The forlorn gazes of the people beseeched them to give them solace, to end their pain.
implore, beg, entreat, importune, plead with, appeal to, exhort, call on, supplicate, importune, pray to, ask, request, petition
rare obtest, impetrate, obsecrate



Pronunciation: /bəˈsēCHiNGlē/
Example sentences
  • He pouted at me and said beseechingly, ‘Come here?’
  • And Arthur, looking overwhelmed, turning his eyes on her beseechingly, saying, ‘Tell me it's not real.’
  • He called as loudly and beseechingly as possible, ‘Please help me!’


Middle English: from be- (as an intensifier) + Old English sēcan (see seek).

Words that rhyme with beseech

beach, beech, bleach, breach, breech, each, impeach, leach, leech, outreach, peach, pleach, preach, reach, screech, speech, teach

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Syllabification: be·seech

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