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



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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the past tense and past participle of 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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