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[en-treet] /ɛnˈtrit/
verb (used with object)
to ask (a person) earnestly; beseech; implore; beg:
to entreat the judge for mercy.
to ask earnestly for (something):
He entreated help in his work.
verb (used without object)
to make an earnest request or petition.
Origin of entreat
1300-50; Middle English entreten < Middle French entrait(i)er. See en-1, treat
Related forms
entreatingly, adverb
entreatment, noun
nonentreating, adjective
nonentreatingly, adverb
unentreated, adjective
unentreating, adjective
1. pray, importune, sue, solicit.
Synonym Study
1. See appeal. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for entreat
Historical Examples
  • If so, let us entreat you not to make them a cause of grief.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • It was equally vain for Arthur to entreat, and for Flora to protest.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • "Calm yourself, I entreat you, madame," repeated the priest.

  • Pierre clasped his trembling hands, and at once tried to entreat him.

  • Make this sacrifice, master, I entreat it of you on my knees.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • Perhaps he could have escaped, if he had chosen to throw down his arms and entreat for his life.

    Apology Plato
  • "Let us cease these pleasantries, I entreat you," I laughed.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • Let me ask you again, and let me entreat you to answer scrupulously.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • But she began to entreat and caress and implore him that he would take her with him.

  • Not for my sake, Do I entreat a hearing—for your sake, And most, for her sake!

    Browning's England Helen Archibald Clarke
British Dictionary definitions for entreat


to ask (a person) earnestly; beg or plead with; implore
to make an earnest request or petition for (something)
an archaic word for treat (sense 4)
Derived Forms
entreatingly, intreatingly, adverb
entreatment, intreatment, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French entraiter, from en-1 + traiter to treat
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Word Origin and History for entreat

mid-14c., "to enter into negotiations;" early 15c., "to treat (someone) in a certain way," also "to plead for (someone)," from Anglo-French entretier, Old French entraiter "to treat," from en- "make" (see en- (1)) + traiter "to treat" (see treat (v.)). Meaning "to beseech, implore" is first attested c.1500. Related: Entreated; entreating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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