- a simple past tense and past participle of beseech.
- to implore urgently: They besought him to go at once.
- to beg eagerly for; solicit.
- to make urgent appeal: Earnestly did I beseech, but to no avail.
Origin of beseech
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1. pray, petition, supplicate, adjure. 1, 2. entreat, importune.
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Examples from the Web for besought
She had re-appeared; it was she herself who now sobbed and besought him to be tender and merciful.The Dream
A friendly federal judge was besought to stop me by an injunction.Government by the Brewers?
He snatched my hand, and besought me not to leave him in displeasure.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Soon it was I who besought the Count to fly—to leave me—to see me no more.
Again Jean, in stammering, disconnected sentences, besought him to be quiet.The Downfall
- the past tense and past participle of beseech
- (tr) to ask (someone) earnestly (to do something or for something); beg
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.
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