to ask for as a gift, as charity, or as a favor: to beg alms;to beg forgiveness.
to ask (someone) to give or do something; implore: He begged me for mercy.Sit down, I beg you.
to ask alms or charity; live by asking alms.
to ask humbly or earnestly: begging for help;begging to differ.
(of a dog) to sit up, as trained, in a posture of entreaty.
beg off, to request or obtain release from an obligation, promise, etc.: He had promised to drive us to the recital but begged off at the last minute.
Idioms about beg
beg the question, : See Usage note at the current entry.
to assume the truth of the very point raised in a question.
to evade the issue or avoid a direct answer.
to raise the question; inspire one to ask.
go begging, to remain open or available, as a position that is unfilled or an unsold item: The job went begging for lack of qualified applicants.
- half-begging, adjective
- un·begged, adjective
Other definitions for beg (2 of 3)
Other definitions for beg. (3 of 3)
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How to use beg in a sentence
Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vacciiiiiiiiiiiiiine I’m begging you, please go in my arm.Of course Dolly Parton helped fund the Moderna vaccine | Claire Zillman, reporter | November 18, 2020 | Fortune
Our model still thinks City and Liverpool are the respective best and second-best team in the league — and by some margin — but the Premier League table begs to differ.Liverpool And Manchester City Look Ordinary. Are They? | Terrence Doyle | November 12, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
One morning, a well-to-do couple named Lawrence and Pauline Treherne unexpectedly show up at the Polydorus, practically begging for Susan’s help.Agatha Christie fans, take note: Anthony Horowitz has a clever new twist on the classic whodunit | Michael Dirda | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Trick-or-treating still exists, but increasingly, it doesn’t involve small bands of children wandering their neighborhood at night, unsupervised, to beg for candy.Watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with a 5-year-old | Emily VanDerWerff | October 30, 2020 | Vox
The Ulanzi tripod can be easily transformed into a selfie stick, allowing you to capture all the photos you want without having to beg a stranger.The best mini tripods for capturing high-quality photos and video | PopSci Commerce Team | October 7, 2020 | Popular-Science
I answered his questions perfunctorily, begging off that I was soon to return to my dorm, as I was tired.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything | Liz Seccuro | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As long as Western governments talk tough one minute and hold out the begging bowl the next, not much is likely to change.
The winter air is rent with cries from thousands of puffed up lips, begging to be let in.
They hop around the country begging for dollars, when they used to spend that time together, professionally and socially.Time is Money: How to Fix Outrageous Political Spending | Jim Arkedis | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Distraught, confused and ashamed, both men broke down in the courtroom, weeping like children and begging for forgiveness.
They don't seem to think there would be much good gained by begging for special favours through routine channels.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
He threw himself on his knees, begging us, in the name of God and all the saints, to spare his life.
What the economist does is to slip out of the difficulty altogether by begging the whole question.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Other orchestra leaders are always writing and begging him to lend them his copies of Oratorios, etc.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
This time it was she who was begging him to go away and leave her, and he was forced to comfort her all through the night.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for beg (1 of 2)
(when intr , often foll by for) to solicit (for money, food, etc), esp in the street
to ask (someone) for (something or leave to do something) formally, humbly, or earnestly: I beg forgiveness; I beg to differ
(intr) (of a dog) to sit up with forepaws raised expectantly
to leave unanswered or unresolved: to beg a point
beg the question
to evade the issue
to assume the thing under examination as proved
to suggest that a question needs to be asked: the firm's success begs the question: why aren't more companies doing the same?
go begging or go a-begging to be unwanted or unused
- See also beg off
British Dictionary definitions for beg (2 of 2)
a variant of bey
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Other 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
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