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 forgivenessMore 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.
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- 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!’