Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • "I beg, Mr. Fraser, I _beg_ you to center your attention on driving your machine."

    Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905

  • Then, "I beg -- I _beg_ your pardon, Mrs. Munger," he resumed.

    Annie Kilburn : a Novel

  • 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.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • "I beg you," he said fervently, "I _beg_ you never to allow yourself to think of it.

    Robin

  • "I beg you -- I _beg_ you, Miss West, not to say anything more that can distress or disturb her.

    Verner's Pride

  • 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.

    Obama: Bailout for Main Street

  • 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.

    What's bad for GM is good for Congress (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • But this story about sending them out to beg is new to me.

    And he married 86 wives.....

  • 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.

    February 2006

  • YOUNGER CLERIMONT: Then all I beg is that ye would enquire for me no more.

    The Beau Defeated: or, The Lucky Younger Brother

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