verb (used with object), begged, beg·ging.
verb (used without object), begged, beg·ging.
Origin of beg1
Definition for beg (2 of 3)
Origin of beg2
Definition for beg (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for beg
You must atone, apologize, and beg forgiveness for the thousands of LGBT lives you have taken.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The premise was simple: sell a brand to the patient and trust that the patient will beg the doctor for the same brand.New Study Says Doctors Can’t “Just Say No” to Their Patients|Kent Sepkowitz|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She is not denying her behavior, and she's unwilling to beg for the public's mercy.Duke's Freshman Porn Starlet Isn't Ashamed—and She Shouldn't Be|Emily Shire|February 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But a world of people who care so very passionately about figure skating for exactly 10 days every four years beg to differ.Sotnikova Beat Kim Yu-Na? Figure Skating Is Probably Corrupt (But We Knew That)|Kevin Fallon|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As scandals continue to unfold in front of him, they beg more questions than I am sure Scott Walker would like to answer.Dem’s the Breaks: GOP Investigation Gives the Left Another Reason to Point Fingers|David Freedlander|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Doesn't this urge you to pity, so that you will beg His Holiness for pardon, beg him to receive us?Three Plays|Luigi Pirandello
May I—just for the next few days—beg your acceptance of this bauble?What a Man Wills|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I beg you to greet for me all our old friends in the Palatinate; I curse this war to-day more than ever.The Correspondence of Madame, Princess Palatine, Mother of the Regent; of Marie-Adlade de Savoie, Duchesse de Bourgogne; and of Madame de Maintenon, in Relation to Saint-Cyr|Charlotte-Elisabeth, duchesse d Orlans; Marie Adelaide, of Savoy, Duchess of Burgundy; and Madame de Maintenon
I beg leave particularly to call your attention to the accompanying report from the Secretary of War.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Tyler|Compiled by James D. Richardson
In regard to all that concerns myself and the writer, I must beg you to ask me no questions.Lord Montagu's Page|G. P. R. James
British Dictionary definitions for beg (1 of 2)
verb begs, begging or begged
- to evade the issue
- to assume the thing under examination as proved
- to suggest that a question needs to be askedthe firm's success begs the question: why aren't more companies doing the same?
Word Origin for beg
British Dictionary definitions for beg (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for beg
c.1200, perhaps from Old English bedecian "to beg," from Proto-Germanic *beth-; or possibly from Anglo-French begger, from Old French begart (see beggar). The Old English word for "beg" was wædlian, from wædl "poverty." Of trained dogs, 1816.
As a courteous mode of asking (beg pardon, etc.), first attested c.1600. To beg the question translates Latin petitio principii, and means "to assume something that hasn't been proven as a basis of one's argument," thus "asking" one's opponent to give something unearned, though more of the nature of taking it for granted without warrant.
Idioms and Phrases with beg
In addition to the idioms beginning with beg
- beginning of the end, the
- begin to see daylight
- begin to see the light
- begin with
- beg off
- beg the question
- beg to differ
- go begging