Definition of entreat in English:



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

    with object and infinitive ‘his friends entreated him not to go’
    • ‘Then turning toward the camera, he entreats: ‘Mr. Premier, in this final negotiation, offer nurses what you were prepared to pay for the Army.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I believe he spoke to her for a long time, entreating, wondering, pleading, ordering, I suppose.’
    • ‘His sentiment has become philosophical, as we are not cowed by caustic warnings but entreated with seductive and satisfying draftsmanship.’
    • ‘She shook her head, and the lady's eyes grew more entreating.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Now is the moment of maximum pressure, and the coalition must withstand it,’ it entreats.’
    • ‘‘Workers all over the world need our help’, he entreated.’
    • ‘The Foundation cajoles, entreats, and I hope charms supporters into giving generously to make opinion pages better.’
    • ‘‘Why,’ she entreated after a moment, ‘does one so knowledgeable seek books on such evil?’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Trust me,’ he entreats, ‘I'm a professional eye-reader.’’
    • ‘And he entreated all to look beyond the immediate horror of the attacks for the reasons behind them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘We really ought to tell them we're weighed down with responsibility and not the carefree single girls we seem,’ I entreated.’
    • ‘Perhaps you can entreat some strapping young lad into educating you in the ways of the world.’
    • ‘Their brief incursion into the workforce during the war years was officially at an end and they were entreated to go home.’
    • ‘He often sojourns there and woos the ‘niece’ of the abbess whom he entreats to come live with him and be his love.’
    • ‘‘Please, Adam,’ she entreated, trying another method.’
    • ‘The nobleman entreats the blacksmith to accompany him on a sacred mission.’
    implore, beseech, beg, plead with, supplicate, pray, ask, request
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    1. 1.1with 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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’.