verb (beseeches, beseeching, beseeched (or archaic besought), beseeched (or archaic besought))
- (dated) To beg or implore.
- 1748, David Hume, Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral, London, Oxford University Press, 1973, Â§ 25:
- : after what manner, I you, must the mind proceed in this operation?
- 1888, Rudyard Kipling, "Watches of the Night", Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio 2005, p. 61:
- :She besought him, for his Soul's sake to speak the truth.
Etymology: From the roots of be- + seek (though not attested until Middle English).
- German: ersuchen, anflehen
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