Definition of beseech in English:

beseech

Line breaks: be|seech
Pronunciation: /bɪˈsiːtʃ
 
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verb (past and past participle besought /-ˈsɔːt/ or beseeched)

[reporting verb] literary
  • Ask someone urgently and fervently to do or give something: [with object and infinitive]: they beseeched him to stay [with object and direct speech]: ‘You have got to believe me,’ Violet beseeched him [with object]: they earnestly beseeched his forgiveness
    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.
    Synonyms
    implore, beg, entreat, importune, plead with, appeal to, exhort, ask urgently, petition, call on, supplicate, pray to, adjure; crave, appeal for
    Scottish archaic prig
    rare obsecrate, impetrate, obtest

Derivatives

beseechingly

adverb
More 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!’

Origin

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

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