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[bih-sawt] /bɪˈsɔt/
a simple past tense and past participle of beseech.
Related forms
unbesought, adjective


[bih-seech] /bɪˈsitʃ/
verb (used with object), besought or beseeched, beseeching.
to implore urgently:
They besought him to go at once.
to beg eagerly for; solicit.
verb (used without object), besought or beseeched, beseeching.
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 forms
beseecher, noun
beseechingly, adverb
beseechingness, noun
unbeseeching, adjective
unbeseechingly, adverb
1. pray, petition, supplicate, adjure. 1, 2. entreat, importune. Unabridged
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  • Mr. Clay went to him and besought him to withdraw the motion; but in vain.

  • In vain he besought his gods to restore her to health; she died.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • And Simon's wife's mother was holden with a great fever; and they besought him for her.

    His Life William E. Barton, Theodore G. Soares, Sydney Strong
  • Her face was alight with eagerness as she besought her brother to "just see if he'd know her!"

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • The third foreman I besought was an elderly German with a paternal manner.

    The Long Day Dorothy Richardson
  • I have counselled and besought Eugene, and it is pouring water in a sieve.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Gabriele went up to her mother, and besought her to notice how well Louise looked, and the rose, how becoming it was to her!

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • But even this did not quiet her; she only besought him the more to tell her.

  • She denounced the Countess to my face, and besought my mother to omit the Sempachs from her list of acquaintances.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • So eagerly she besought me, that I had much difficulty to answer.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
British Dictionary definitions for besought


the past tense and past participle of beseech


verb -seeches, -seeching, -sought, -seeched
(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 besought

Middle English besohte, past tense and past participle of beseech.



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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