- to ask for as a gift, as charity, or as a favor: to beg alms; to beg forgiveness.
- to ask (someone) to give or do something; implore: He begged me for mercy. Sit down, I beg you.
- to take for granted without basis or justification: a statement that begs the very point we're disputing.
- to fail or refuse to come to grips with; avoid; evade: a report that consistently begs the whole problem.
- to ask alms or charity; live by asking alms.
- to ask humbly or earnestly: begging for help; begging to differ.
- (of a dog) to sit up, as trained, in a posture of entreaty.
- beg off, to request or obtain release from an obligation, promise, etc.: He had promised to drive us to the recital but begged off at the last minute.
- beg the question, to assume the truth of the very point raised in a question.
- go begging, to remain open or available, as a position that is unfilled or an unsold item: The job went begging for lack of qualified applicants.
Origin of beg1
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Origin of beg2
Examples from the Web for beg
You must atone, apologize, and beg forgiveness for the thousands of LGBT lives you have taken.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
December 14, 2014
The premise was simple: sell a brand to the patient and trust that the patient will beg the doctor for the same brand.New Study Says Doctors Can’t “Just Say No” to Their Patients
March 31, 2014
She is not denying her behavior, and she's unwilling to beg for the public's mercy.Duke's Freshman Porn Starlet Isn't Ashamed—and She Shouldn't Be
February 24, 2014
But a world of people who care so very passionately about figure skating for exactly 10 days every four years beg to differ.Sotnikova Beat Kim Yu-Na? Figure Skating Is Probably Corrupt (But We Knew That)
February 21, 2014
As scandals continue to unfold in front of him, they beg more questions than I am sure Scott Walker would like to answer.Dem’s the Breaks: GOP Investigation Gives the Left Another Reason to Point Fingers
February 20, 2014
He thought that our hero was about to beg to be taken back into his employ.Brave and Bold
For myself I beg your tolerance, your countenance and your united aid.
I beg, that I may not be sacrificed to projects, and remote contingencies.
I beg your pardon, dear Madam, and your patience with me on such an occasion as this.
He sent up to beg leave to wait upon me—I wonder at his assurance—!
- (when intr , often foll by for) to solicit (for money, food, etc), esp in the street
- to ask (someone) for (something or leave to do something) formally, humbly, or earnestlyI beg forgiveness; I beg to differ
- (intr) (of a dog) to sit up with forepaws raised expectantly
- to leave unanswered or unresolvedto beg a point
- beg the question
- to evade the issue
- to assume the thing under examination as proved
- to suggest that a question needs to be askedthe firm's success begs the question: why aren't more companies doing the same?
- go begging or go a-begging to be unwanted or unused
- a variant of bey
Word Origin and History for beg
c.1200, perhaps from Old English bedecian "to beg," from Proto-Germanic *beth-; or possibly from Anglo-French begger, from Old French begart (see beggar). The Old English word for "beg" was wædlian, from wædl "poverty." Of trained dogs, 1816.
As a courteous mode of asking (beg pardon, etc.), first attested c.1600. To beg the question translates Latin petitio principii, and means "to assume something that hasn't been proven as a basis of one's argument," thus "asking" one's opponent to give something unearned, though more of the nature of taking it for granted without warrant.