[ en-treet ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to ask (a person) earnestly; beseech; implore; beg: to entreat the judge for mercy.

  2. to ask earnestly for (something): He entreated help in his work.

verb (used without object)
  1. to make an earnest request or petition.

Origin of entreat

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English entreten, from Middle French entrait(i)er; see origin at en-1, treat
  • Also Archaic, in·treat [in-treet] /ɪnˈtrit/ .

synonym study For entreat

1. See appeal.

Other words for entreat

Other words from entreat

  • en·treat·ing·ly, adverb
  • en·treat·ment, noun
  • non·en·treat·ing, adjective
  • non·en·treat·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·en·treat·ed, adjective
  • un·en·treat·ing, adjective

Words Nearby entreat

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How to use entreat in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for entreat



/ (ɪnˈtriːt) /

  1. to ask (a person) earnestly; beg or plead with; implore

  2. to make an earnest request or petition for (something)

  1. an archaic word for treat (def. 4)

Origin of entreat

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

Derived forms of entreat

  • entreatingly or intreatingly, adverb
  • entreatment or intreatment, noun

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