from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To ask for as charity: begged money while sitting in a doorway.
- transitive v. To ask earnestly for or of; entreat: begged me for help.
- transitive v. To evade; dodge: a speech that begged the real issues.
- transitive v. To take for granted without proof: beg the point in a dispute.
- intransitive v. To solicit alms.
- intransitive v. To make a humble or urgent plea.
- beg off To ask to be released from something, such as an obligation: We were invited to stay for dinner, but we had to beg off.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to request the help of someone, often in the form of money
- v. to plead with someone for help or for a favor
- v. to assume, in the phrase beg the question
- v. to raise a question, in the phrase beg the question
- n. a provincial governor under the Ottoman Empire, a bey
- abbr. beginning
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A title of honor in Turkey and in some other parts of the East; a bey.
- transitive v. To ask earnestly for; to entreat or supplicate for; to beseech.
- transitive v. To ask for as a charity, esp. to ask for habitually or from house to house.
- transitive v. To make petition to; to entreat.
- transitive v. To take for granted; to assume without proof.
- transitive v. To ask to be appointed guardiln for, or to aso to havo a guardian appointed for.
- intransitive v. To ask alms or charity, especially to ask habitually by the wayside or from house to house; to live by asking alms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To ask for or supplicate in charity; ask as alms.
- To ask for earnestly; crave.
- To ask as a favor; hence, to beseech; entreat or supplicate with humility or earnestness: as, I begged him to use his influence in favor of my friend.
- Synonyms Ask, Request. Beg, etc. (see ask); to pray (for), conjure, petition (for).
- To ask alms or charity; practise begging; live by asking alms.
- In the game of all-fours, to ask of the dealer a concession of one point to be added to one's count.
- n. Same as bey.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently
- v. dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted
- v. call upon in supplication; entreat
- v. ask to obtain free
Middle English beggen, possibly from Anglo-Norman begger, from Old French begart, lay brother, one who prays; see beggar.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English beggen, assimilation from Old English *bedican, syncopated variant of bedecian ("to beg"). Related to Gothic 𐌱𐌹𐌳𐌰𐌲𐍅𐌰 (bidagwa, "beggar"), Old English biddan ("to ask"). More at bid, bead. (Wiktionary)
Turkish beg. (Wiktionary)