besought

[bih-sawt]

verb

a simple past tense and past participle of beseech.

Nearby words

  1. besnier-boeck-schaumann disease,
  2. besom,
  3. besom pocket,
  4. besot,
  5. besotted,
  6. bespake,
  7. bespangle,
  8. bespatter,
  9. bespeak,
  10. bespeckle

Related formsun·be·sought, adjective

beseech

[bih-seech]

verb (used with object), be·sought or be·seeched, be·seech·ing.

to implore urgently: They besought him to go at once.
to beg eagerly for; solicit.

verb (used without object), be·sought or be·seeched, be·seech·ing.

to make urgent appeal: Earnestly did I beseech, but to no avail.

Origin of beseech

before 1100; Middle English bisechen, Old English besēcan. See be-, seek

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British Dictionary definitions for besought

besought

verb

the past tense and past participle of beseech

beseech

verb -seeches, -seeching, -sought or -seeched

(tr) to ask (someone) earnestly (to do something or for something); beg
Derived Formsbeseecher, nounbeseeching, adjectivebeseechingly, adverb

Word Origin for beseech

C12: see be-, seek; related to Old Frisian besēka

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