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entreat

[ en-treet ]
/ ɛnˈtrit /
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verb (used with object)

to ask (a person) earnestly; beseech; implore; beg: to entreat the judge for mercy.
to ask earnestly for (something): He entreated help in his work.

verb (used without object)

to make an earnest request or petition.

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Also Archaic, in·treat [in-treet] /ɪnˈtrit/ .

Origin of entreat

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English entreten, from Middle French entrait(i)er; see origin at en-1, treat

synonym study for entreat

1. See appeal.

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British Dictionary definitions for entreat

entreat

intreat

/ (ɪnˈtriːt) /

verb

to ask (a person) earnestly; beg or plead with; implore
to make an earnest request or petition for (something)
an archaic word for treat (def. 4)

Derived forms of entreat

entreatingly or intreatingly, adverbentreatment or intreatment, noun

Word Origin for entreat

C15: from Old French entraiter, from en- 1 + traiter to treat
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