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Word of the Day
Sunday, July 18, 2004

Definitions for entreat

  1. To make an earnest petition or request; to plead.
  2. To ask earnestly; to beseech; to petition for.

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Citations for entreat
They entreat her to impart her wisdom. But she is silent. John Darnton, New York Times
In an age that extols thinness, only a cookbook can entreat us "never to forget the sacred role of bread" or remind us that the preparation of soup "embodies ritual, which in cooking, as in all things, magnifies meaning and pleasure." Rita Licciardolo, New York Times
Origin of entreat
Entreat derives from Medieval French entraiter, from en- (from Latin in-), intensive prefix + traiter, "to treat," from Latin tractare, frequentative of trahere, "to draw, to pull, to drag."