- 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 entreatingly
"How I wish you could get me a copy of that picture, Philip," Laura said, entreatingly.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
"Do tell me what you are laughing at, papa," said she, entreatingly.Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
"I want you to marry me right away," he murmured, entreatingly.The Secret of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
"I have one more favor to ask, Monsieur," he said, entreatingly.The Honor of the Name
"And papa," said Ned, looking up at his father, entreatingly.Elsie's Winter Trip
- 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 entreatingly
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.