entreat

[en-treet]

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.

Origin of entreat

1300–50; Middle English entreten < Middle French entrait(i)er. See en-1, treat
Related formsen·treat·ing·ly, adverben·treat·ment, nounnon·en·treat·ing, adjectivenon·en·treat·ing·ly, adverbun·en·treat·ed, adjectiveun·en·treat·ing, adjective

Synonyms for entreat

Synonym study

1. See appeal.
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entreat

intreat

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 Formsentreatingly 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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Word Origin and History for entreat
v.

mid-14c., "to enter into negotiations;" early 15c., "to treat (someone) in a certain way," also "to plead for (someone)," from Anglo-French entretier, Old French entraiter "to treat," from en- "make" (see en- (1)) + traiter "to treat" (see treat (v.)). Meaning "to beseech, implore" is first attested c.1500. Related: Entreated; entreating.

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