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entreat

Line breaks: en|treat
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtriːt
 
, ɛn-/

Definition of entreat in English:

verb

1 [reporting verb] Ask someone earnestly or anxiously to do something: [with object and infinitive]: his friends entreated him not to go (as adjective entreating) his entreating eyes
More example sentences
  • I believe he spoke to her for a long time, entreating, wondering, pleading, ordering, I suppose.
  • ‘Workers all over the world need our help’, he entreated.
  • ‘We really ought to tell them we're weighed down with responsibility and not the carefree single girls we seem,’ I entreated.
Synonyms
1.1 [with object] Ask earnestly or anxiously for (something): a message had been sent, entreating aid for the Navahos
More example sentences
  • Since Hezekiah feared the Lord and entreated his favor, Zion was not plowed under as a field.
  • He had hung crude crosses and other charms all around his home and regularly recited the Magnificat, and he fervently entreated the protection of the Lady every night.
  • No sounds were heard as they entreated entrance to the village.
2 [with object and adverbial] archaic Treat (someone) in a specified manner: the King, I fear, hath ill entreated her

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'treat, act towards (someone)'; formerly also as intreat): from Old French entraitier, based on traitier 'to treat', from Latin tractare 'to handle'.

Derivatives

entreatingly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘Oh, Jamie, please listen to me,’ she said entreatingly.
  • He looked entreatingly at her.
  • Jen looked up at her entreatingly, her blue eyes piercing, and Kate had to sigh softly, ‘All right, we'll have dinner.’

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