Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To address an earnest or urgent request to; implore: beseech them for help.
  • transitive v. To request earnestly; beg for: beseech help. See Synonyms at beg.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To beg or implore.
  • n. A request.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Solicitation; supplication.
  • transitive v. To ask or entreat with urgency; to supplicate; to implore.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To entreat; supplicate; implore; ask or pray with urgency: followed by a personal object.
  • To beg eagerly for; solicit: followed by the thing solicited.
  • Synonyms Ask, Request, Beg, etc. (see ask), plead for or with, petition, conjure, appeal to.
  • n. A request: as, “such submiss beseeches,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. ask for or request earnestly

Etymologies

Middle English bisechen, from Old English besēcan : be-, be- + sēcan, to seek; see seek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English besechen, bisechen, assibilated variants of Middle English beseken, from Old English *besēcan ("to seek or inquire about"), equivalent to be- +‎ seek. Cognate with Dutch bezoeken ("to attend, see"), German besuchen ("to visit, attend, see"), Swedish besöka ("to visit, go to see"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken."

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