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verb (used with object), be·sought or be·seeched, be·seech·ing.
  1. to implore urgently: They besought him to go at once.
  2. to beg eagerly for; solicit.
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verb (used without object), be·sought or be·seeched, be·seech·ing.
  1. to make urgent appeal: Earnestly did I beseech, but to no avail.
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Origin of beseech

before 1100; Middle English bisechen, Old English besēcan. See be-, seek
Related formsbe·seech·er, nounbe·seech·ing·ly, adverbbe·seech·ing·ness, nounun·be·seech·ing, adjectiveun·be·seech·ing·ly, adverb


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1. pray, petition, supplicate, adjure. 1, 2. entreat, importune.
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  • She knew now why he had beseeched her to think of him as doing what he thought was right.

    Spring Street

    James H. Richardson

  • In vain, however, had she beseeched him to entrust all to her father.

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • The comely Anna pounced upon her friend, shook her, chided and beseeched her.

  • I soon made my curiosity known, and beseeched her to gratify it.

  • Of course he begged and beseeched to build it 193 on Coney Island.

British Dictionary definitions for beseeched


verb -seeches, -seeching, -sought or -seeched
  1. (tr) to ask (someone) earnestly (to do something or for something); beg
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Derived Formsbeseecher, nounbeseeching, adjectivebeseechingly, adverb

Word Origin

C12: see be-, seek; related to Old Frisian besēka
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Word Origin and History for beseeched



late 12c., bisecen "to beseech, beg urgently," from be- + Middle English secen "to seek" (see seek). German cognate besuchen is merely "to visit." Related: Besought; beseeching.

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