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Dictionary Definition

beg

Verb

1 call upon in supplication; entreat; "I beg you to stop!" [syn: implore, pray]
2 make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently; "Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities" [syn: solicit, tap]
3 ask to obtain free; "beg money and food" [also: begging, begged]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Probably from Old English bedecian.

Verb

  1. To request the help of someone, often in the form of money.
    He begged on the street corner from passersby.
  2. To plead with someone for help or for a favor.
    He begged her to go to the prom with him.
Usage notes
Translations
to request the help of someone, ask for money
to supplicate, to plead with someone for help

Etymology 2

Turkish beg.

Noun

  1. A provincial governor under the Ottoman Empire, a bey.

Manx

Adjective

beg

Slovene

Noun

beg

Etymology

English beg

Noun

beg
  1. request, an action of begging

Extensive Definition

Beg refers to:
beg in French: Beg

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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