entreat

[en-treet]
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

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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Examples from the Web for entreating

Historical Examples of entreating

  • And though she followed him to the front door, entreating, he could not be stayed or hindered.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • 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

    Emile Zola

  • I lost no time in entreating him earnestly not to be absurd; to come in and shut the door.'

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • In his ears there still lingered the sound of entreating whisper.

    Almayer's Folly

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for entreating

entreat

intreat

verb
  1. to ask (a person) earnestly; beg or plead with; implore
  2. to make an earnest request or petition for (something)
  3. 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 entreating

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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