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[reporting verb] Ask someone urgently and fervently to do or give something.[with object and infinitive] ‘they beseeched him to stay’→ besought[with object and direct speech] ‘‘You have got to believe me,’ Violet beseeched him’[with object] ‘they earnestly beseeched his forgiveness’
implore, beg, entreat, importune, plead with, appeal to, exhort, ask urgently, petition, call on, supplicate, pray to, adjurecrave, appeal forprigobsecrate, impetrate, obtestView synonyms
- ‘‘Please Alex, we beg of you, don't,’ he beseeched imploringly.’
- ‘It was his way of beseeching us to intercede and vote for his salvation.’
- ‘Willow suddenly clutched my arm to her, her voice hushed but urgent, her eyes beseeching me; ‘Do not leave my side!’’
- ‘After his last Hindi film, many of his colleagues have been beseeching him to make a commercial Hindi film.’
- ‘People who pray tend to beseech their deity for some kind of enrichment or advancement.’
- ‘His friends urgently besought him while there was yet time to flee the country. ‘I have just been abroad… one can't keep on going abroad unless one is a missionary, or, what comes to the same thing, a commercial traveller ’, was his response.’
- ‘In the weeks and months to come, we will hear the voices of well-meaning people beseeching the victor to compromise with the vanquished.’
- ‘Gone are the soulful melodies unleashed by a thousand musicians, who were beseeching the rain god to show mercy.’
- ‘Her unfortunate father, while tears poured from his eyes, went about the city beseeching the townspeople for money to hire an attorney who in the least would provide his daughter with a line of defense.’
- ‘I write countless numbers of letters begging and beseeching on behalf of patients.’
- ‘The son brings a small mound of rice, water, and flowers or fruit, and beseeches his forebears to keep their protective watch over the family and its fortunes.’
- ‘The grieved king besought heaven and earth to make his daughter whole again.’
- ‘A voice at the other end gives details of a medical emergency, and beseeches the doctor to come at once to the hospital.’
- ‘But his mother had beseeched and pleaded with him until he felt that he must go.’
- ‘He beseeched the help of all civilized countries in combating trafficking of humans for prostitution and offered 15 billion dollars to fight AIDS in Africa.’
- ‘The forlorn gazes of the people beseeched them to give them solace, to end their pain.’
- ‘In an agony of panic at this point, I beseeched her to tell me whether I needed medical attention.’
- ‘I pictured some hopeful bachelor, going down on one knee and beseeching his love to be his forever.’
- ‘Starving, beseeching Third World faces stared from arid landscapes into the greenery and chubby cheeks of the First World.’
- ‘In short he beseeches them to consider what they were and what they have become.’
Middle English: from be- (as an intensifier) + Old English sēcan (see seek).
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