- 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 begging
I answered his questions perfunctorily, begging off that I was soon to return to my dorm, as I was tired.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
As long as Western governments talk tough one minute and hold out the begging bowl the next, not much is likely to change.U.S. Ally Qatar Shelters Jihadi Moneymen
December 10, 2014
The winter air is rent with cries from thousands of puffed up lips, begging to be let in.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
Distraught, confused and ashamed, both men broke down in the courtroom, weeping like children and begging for forgiveness.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
I doubt the letters of the unvindicated who wrote, begging for a fresh look at the evidence, seemed any less sincere.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
And there they were at the side of the road, showing their tricks and begging for coins.Buried Cities, Part 2
The first one was from a brother minister, begging an exchange.
Duquesnel stayed with him, begging me, however, to go back to the poet's guests.My Double Life
I am begging for a crust from the lavish plenty, all because I am struggling to be honest.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
On flew Apollo, begging her to stop for fear his arrows might hurt her.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
- (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 begging
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.