verb (used with object), begged, beg·ging.
verb (used without object), begged, beg·ging.
- beg off,
- beg the question,
- beg to differ,
- beg, borrow, or steal,
Origin of beg1
Examples from the Web for begged
According to the sheriff, 18-year-old Levi Weaver begged the officer to shoot him, and then leapt at him.
She begged hospital staff to let her keep the rods and screws.
I begged the doctors to save my children [as] I watched them grow weaker and weaker every day.‘Her Survival Was a Miracle’: The 6-Year-Old Who Beat Ebola|Wade C.L. Williams|October 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I used to hang out with them all day and begged him to teach me.Quincy Jones Talks Chicago’s Mean Streets, Why Kanye West Is No Michael Jackson, and Bieber|Marlow Stern|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a hearing with UN leaders do discuss Ebola, one health worker in West Africa begged the commission for help.Health Care Worker Pleads With UN: Help Ebola Victims Dying ‘Horrible, Undignified Death’|Abby Haglage|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In one prison he found a cell so narrow and noisome that the poor wretch who inhabited it begged as a mercy for hanging.History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8)|John Richard Green
It was she, surely, who had spoken first, when she begged to be released from his pressure.The Eustace Diamonds|Anthony Trollope
I inherited some of his cases, and Marbury was one of those who begged me to come in at the emergency.The Blue Wall|Richard Washburn Child
Gretel, as soon as she saw what was up, begged to be taken along, and found a cloak for herself in the room.The Road to Paris|Robert Neilson Stephens
They fell at the martyrs' feet, and begged that they would reconcile them together, for a dissension had happened between them.The Lives of the Saints, Volume III (of 16): March|Sabine Baring-Gould
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
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.
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