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beseech

[bih-seech] /bɪˈsitʃ/
verb (used with object), besought or beseeched, beseeching.
1.
to implore urgently:
They besought him to go at once.
2.
to beg eagerly for; solicit.
verb (used without object), besought or beseeched, beseeching.
3.
to make urgent appeal:
Earnestly did I beseech, but to no avail.
Origin of beseech
1100
before 1100; Middle English bisechen, Old English besēcan. See be-, seek
Related forms
beseecher, noun
beseechingly, adverb
beseechingness, noun
unbeseeching, adjective
unbeseechingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. pray, petition, supplicate, adjure. 1, 2. entreat, importune.
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  • She beseeched them to continue constant to their religion, and to live in peace and charity together, and with all men.

  • The comely Anna pounced upon her friend, shook her, chided and beseeched her.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • "Barbara," he beseeched her brokenly, the moment her cheek touched his.

  • She knew now why he had beseeched her to think of him as doing what he thought was right.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • With a supplicating voice she beseeched him for a glass of water to free her from her agony.

    On the Seaboard August Strindberg
  • Artemidorus begged and beseeched him to read the paper instantly!

    Sketches New and Old, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • I soon made my curiosity known, and beseeched her to gratify it.

  • Again I beseeched and implored these men of the sea to come with me.

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
British Dictionary definitions for beseeched

beseech

/bɪˈsiːtʃ/
verb -seeches, -seeching, -sought, -seeched
1.
(transitive) to ask (someone) earnestly (to do something or for something); beg
Derived Forms
beseecher, noun
beseeching, adjective
beseechingly, adverb
Word Origin
C12: see be-, seek; related to Old Frisian besēka
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Word Origin and History for beseeched

beseech

v.

late 12c., bisecen "to beseech, beg urgently," from be- + Middle English secen "to seek" (see seek). German cognate besuchen is merely "to visit." Related: Besought; beseeching.

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