- 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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Examples from the Web for begged
According to the sheriff, 18-year-old Levi Weaver begged the officer to shoot him, and then leapt at him.The 14 Teens Killed by Cops Since Michael Brown
November 25, 2014
She begged hospital staff to let her keep the rods and screws.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
I begged the doctors to save my children [as] I watched them grow weaker and weaker every day.‘Her Survival Was a Miracle’: The 6-Year-Old Who Beat Ebola
Wade C.L. Williams
October 23, 2014
I used to hang out with them all day and begged him to teach me.Quincy Jones Talks Chicago’s Mean Streets, Why Kanye West Is No Michael Jackson, and Bieber
September 25, 2014
In a hearing with UN leaders do discuss Ebola, one health worker in West Africa begged the commission for help.Health Care Worker Pleads With UN: Help Ebola Victims Dying ‘Horrible, Undignified Death’
September 18, 2014
But Mr. Hand, flattered by her politeness, begged her to remain.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
Hester begged Mrs. Baldwin to lead the way, and followed her up the stairs.Weighed and Wanting
She begged his pardon, but could those really be the boys names?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
"Everything in the world that you want," begged the elderly gentleman.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
And did she tell you that Mrs. Sloane Schuyler begged to have her presented?The Bacillus of Beauty
- (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 begged
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.