Definition of entreat in English:



  • 1[reporting verb] Ask someone earnestly or anxiously to do something.

    [with object and infinitive] ‘his friends entreated him not to go’
    ‘his entreating eyes’
    • ‘Their brief incursion into the workforce during the war years was officially at an end and they were entreated to go home.’
    • ‘Perhaps you can entreat some strapping young lad into educating you in the ways of the world.’
    • ‘It's also so jam-packed with pop culture references and media lampoons that it runs the risk of insulting or isolating the very audience it is trying to entreat.’
    • ‘‘Please, Adam,’ she entreated, trying another method.’
    • ‘‘Workers all over the world need our help’, he entreated.’
    • ‘The nobleman entreats the blacksmith to accompany him on a sacred mission.’
    • ‘She very nearly rolled her eyes, but the tone of his voice was not threatening or arrogant - it was merely entreating, asking her to have faith.’
    • ‘He often sojourns there and woos the ‘niece’ of the abbess whom he entreats to come live with him and be his love.’
    • ‘Her voice had become soft and entreating, a voice she rarely allowed herself to use, for it made her sound vulnerable and weak, and she hated it.’
    • ‘His sentiment has become philosophical, as we are not cowed by caustic warnings but entreated with seductive and satisfying draftsmanship.’
    • ‘And he entreated all to look beyond the immediate horror of the attacks for the reasons behind them.’
    • ‘The Foundation cajoles, entreats, and I hope charms supporters into giving generously to make opinion pages better.’
    • ‘‘Trust me,’ he entreats, ‘I'm a professional eye-reader.’’
    • ‘‘We really ought to tell them we're weighed down with responsibility and not the carefree single girls we seem,’ I entreated.’
    • ‘Then turning toward the camera, he entreats: ‘Mr. Premier, in this final negotiation, offer nurses what you were prepared to pay for the Army.’’
    • ‘‘Why,’ she entreated after a moment, ‘does one so knowledgeable seek books on such evil?’’
    • ‘‘Now is the moment of maximum pressure, and the coalition must withstand it,’ it entreats.’
    • ‘He did not know whether anything he could say in that chamber would be noticed by the people of the town; but he would like to entreat them to be very gentle and careful towards the ruins.’
    • ‘I believe he spoke to her for a long time, entreating, wondering, pleading, ordering, I suppose.’
    • ‘She shook her head, and the lady's eyes grew more entreating.’
    implore, beseech, beg, plead with, supplicate, pray, ask, request
    bid, enjoin, appeal to, call on, petition, solicit
    exhort, urge, importune
    impetrate, obtest, obsecrate
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    1. 1.1[with object]Ask earnestly or anxiously for (something)
      ‘a message had been sent, entreating aid for the Navahos’
      • ‘Since Hezekiah feared the Lord and entreated his favor, Zion was not plowed under as a field.’
      • ‘Her final plea that he entreat divine grace on her behalf can only be read, given the pains she took to equate divinity with intellect, as a request for intellectual freedom.’
      • ‘He had hung crude crosses and other charms all around his home and regularly recited the Magnificat, and he fervently entreated the protection of the Lady every night.’
      • ‘However, may I be bold enough as to entreat your patience for yet another minute?’
      • ‘No sounds were heard as they entreated entrance to the village.’
  • 2archaic [with object and adverbial] Treat (someone) in a specified manner.

    ‘the King, I fear, hath ill entreated her’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘treat, act towards (someone)’; formerly also as intreat): from Old French entraitier, based on traitier to treat, from Latin tractare to handle.