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beseech

[bih-seech]
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verb (used with object), be·sought or be·seeched, be·seech·ing.
  1. to implore urgently: They besought him to go at once.
  2. to beg eagerly for; solicit.
verb (used without object), be·sought or be·seeched, be·seech·ing.
  1. to make urgent appeal: Earnestly did I beseech, but to no avail.

Origin of beseech

before 1100; Middle English bisechen, Old English besēcan. See be-, seek
Related formsbe·seech·er, nounbe·seech·ing·ly, adverbbe·seech·ing·ness, nounun·be·seech·ing, adjectiveun·be·seech·ing·ly, adverb

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1. pray, petition, supplicate, adjure. 1, 2. entreat, importune.
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Examples from the Web for beseeching

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  • The face of the young man softened as he met his father's beseeching eyes.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • In the most pathetic way she dragged herself after me, moaning and beseeching for help.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • "I beg you to go and unhook it," said he, beseeching his companion.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • Fraser asked again, his voice suddenly suave and beseeching.

  • I remember hearing him beseeching them to lay him down and let him die.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock


British Dictionary definitions for beseeching

beseech

verb -seeches, -seeching, -sought or -seeched
  1. (tr) to ask (someone) earnestly (to do something or for something); beg
Derived Formsbeseecher, nounbeseeching, adjectivebeseechingly, adverb

Word Origin

C12: see be-, seek; related to Old Frisian besēka
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Word Origin and History for beseeching

n.

"supplication, prayer," c.1300, verbal noun from beseech. Related: Beseechingly; beseechingness.

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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