American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To ask for as charity: begged money while sitting in a doorway.
- v. To ask earnestly for or of; entreat: begged me for help.
- v. To evade; dodge: a speech that begged the real issues.
- v. To take for granted without proof: beg the point in a dispute.
- v. To solicit alms.
- 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.
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. The dealer must either concede the point or deal out three additional cards to each player. Should the suit originally turned as trump appear after this new deal, three, or fewer if so agreed, must be dealt to each until a different trump appears.
- n. Same as bey.
- v. intransitive to request the help of someone, often in the form of money
- v. transitive to plead with someone for help or for a favor
- v. transitive to assume, in the phrase beg the question
- v. proscribed to raise a question, in the phrase beg the question
- n. a provincial governor under the Ottoman Empire, a bey
- abbr. knitting beginning
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A title of honor in Turkey and in some other parts of the East; a bey.
- v. To ask earnestly for; to entreat or supplicate for; to beseech.
- v. To ask for as a charity, esp. to ask for habitually or from house to house.
- v. To make petition to; to entreat.
- v. To take for granted; to assume without proof.
- v. (Old Law) To ask to be appointed guardiln for, or to aso to havo a guardian appointed for.
- v. To ask alms or charity, especially to ask habitually by the wayside or from house to house; to live by asking alms.
- 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
- 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)
- 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)
“I beg, Mr. Fraser, I _beg_ you to center your attention on driving your machine.”
“Then, "I beg -- I _beg_ your pardon, Mrs. Munger," he resumed.”
“V. ii.490 (453,5) [You cannot beg us] That is, we are not fools, our next relations cannot _beg_ the wardship of our persons and fortunes.”
“I beg you," he said fervently, "I _beg_ you never to allow yourself to think of it.”
“I beg you -- I _beg_ you, Miss West, not to say anything more that can distress or disturb her.”
“We independents won't forget the six years of corruption and do nothing Republican congress or the eight years of incompetance by Bush/Cheney that has put the country in a possition to beg from the Chinese.”
“You don't have to be a rocket scientist or even Toyota to know that flying the CEOs in Lear jets to beg is a serious PR blunder -- kinda says "We are totally tone deaf to others" -- which, now that you think about it, is why they needed the bailouts so badly.”
“But this story about sending them out to beg is new to me.”
“From the time he was a puppy, Sam was trained not to beg from the table, and in his life he was never given table scraps.”
“YOUNGER CLERIMONT: Then all I beg is that ye would enquire for me no more.”
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