besought

[ bih-sawt ]
/ bɪˈsɔt /

verb

a simple past tense and past participle of beseech.

Related forms

un·be·sought, adjective

Definition for besought (2 of 2)

beseech

[ bih-seech ]
/ bɪˈsitʃ /

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 (1 of 2)

besought

/ (bɪˈsɔːt) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of beseech

British Dictionary definitions for besought (2 of 2)

beseech

/ (bɪˈsiːtʃ) /

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

(tr) to ask (someone) earnestly (to do something or for something); beg

Derived Forms

beseecher, nounbeseeching, adjectivebeseechingly, adverb

Word Origin for beseech

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