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beseech

Line breaks: be|seech
Pronunciation: /bɪˈsiːtʃ
 
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Definition of beseech in English:

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
crave, appeal for
Scottish archaic prig
rare obsecrate, impetrate, obtest

Origin

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

Derivatives

beseechingly

1
adverb
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!’

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