Definition of beseech in English:



  • [reporting verb] Ask (someone) urgently and fervently to do something; implore; entreat.

    [with object and infinitive] ‘they beseeched him to stay’
    [with object] ‘they earnestly beseeched his forgiveness’
    [with object and direct speech] ‘“You have got to believe me,” Gloria beseeched him’
    ‘a beseeching gaze’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But his mother had beseeched and pleaded with him until he felt that he must go.’
    • ‘The grieved king besought heaven and earth to make his daughter whole again.’
    • ‘In short he beseeches them to consider what they were and what they have become.’
    • ‘It was his way of beseeching us to intercede and vote for his salvation.’
    • ‘I write countless numbers of letters begging and beseeching on behalf of patients.’
    • ‘Starving, beseeching Third World faces stared from arid landscapes into the greenery and chubby cheeks of the First World.’
    • ‘I pictured some hopeful bachelor, going down on one knee and beseeching his love to be his forever.’
    • ‘Gone are the soulful melodies unleashed by a thousand musicians, who were beseeching the rain god to show mercy.’
    • ‘People who pray tend to beseech their deity for some kind of enrichment or advancement.’
    • ‘The forlorn gazes of the people beseeched them to give them solace, to end their pain.’
    • ‘In the weeks and months to come, we will hear the voices of well-meaning people beseeching the victor to compromise with the vanquished.’
    • ‘In an agony of panic at this point, I beseeched her to tell me whether I needed medical attention.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Willow suddenly clutched my arm to her, her voice hushed but urgent, her eyes beseeching me; ‘Do not leave my side!’’
    • ‘A voice at the other end gives details of a medical emergency, and beseeches the doctor to come at once to the hospital.’
    • ‘After his last Hindi film, many of his colleagues have been beseeching him to make a commercial Hindi film.’
    • ‘‘Please Alex, we beg of you, don't,’ he beseeched imploringly.’
    implore, beg, entreat, importune, plead with, appeal to, exhort, ask urgently, petition, call on, supplicate, pray to, adjure
    crave, appeal for
    obsecrate, impetrate, obtest
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Middle English: from be- (as an intensifier) + Old English sēcan (see seek).