- 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.
- to make an earnest request or petition.
Origin of entreat
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Examples from the Web for entreating
And though she followed him to the front door, entreating, he could not be stayed or hindered.Alice Adams
Mr. Dunbar did not make any response to that entreating whisper.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
She gave him an entreating glance that silenced his rude attempt at gallantry.The Downfall
I lost no time in entreating him earnestly not to be absurd; to come in and shut the door.'Lord Jim
In his ears there still lingered the sound of entreating whisper.Almayer's Folly
- 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)
Word Origin and History for entreating
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.