from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To make an earnest request of (someone). synonym: beg.
- intransitive verb To ask for earnestly; petition for.
- intransitive verb Archaic To deal with; treat.
- intransitive verb To make an earnest request or petition.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Entreaty; prayer.
- To treat, use, or manage; deal with; act toward.
- To partake of; enjoy.
- To ask earnestly; beseech; petition with urgency; supplicate; solicit pressingly; importune.
- To prevail on by prayer or solicitation; persuade or cause to yield by entreaty.
- Synonyms Ask, Request, Beg, etc. See
ask. See list under beseech.
- To treat of something; discourse.
- To treat with another or others; negotiate.
- To make an earnest petition or request.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete Entreaty.
- intransitive verb obsolete To treat or discourse; hence, to enter into negotiations, as for a treaty.
- intransitive verb To make an earnest petition or request.
- transitive verb obsolete To treat, or conduct toward; to deal with; to use.
- transitive verb To treat with, or in respect to, a thing desired; hence, to ask earnestly; to beseech; to petition or pray with urgency; to supplicate; to importune.
- transitive verb To beseech or supplicate successfully; to prevail upon by prayer or solicitation; to persuade.
- transitive verb obsolete To invite; to entertain.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Alternative form of
- verb To
treat, or conduct toward; to dealwith; to use.
- verb To treat with, or in
respectto, a thing desired; hence, to ask earnestly; to beseech; to petitionor praywith urgency; to supplicate; to importune.
- verb To beseech or supplicate successfully; to
prevailupon by prayer or solicitation; to persuade.
- verb To
invite; to entertain.
- verb To treat or
discourse; hence, to enterinto negotiations, as for a treaty.
- verb To
makean earnestpetition or request.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb ask for or request earnestly
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Do not therefore, I again entreat you, my dear friend, be uneasy.
‘Were it not an intrusion, sire, I would fain entreat a moment's audience. '
Why did they have to "entreat" him, if he had come all the way from Boston for that purpose?
Pastor Reid is a gifted preacher whose ability to alternately command like a prophet and entreat like a parent plays off the emotion and Christian devotion of his flock with near-perfect pitch.
This I most earnestly entreat, and I know you will comply.
When the Danaides reach Argos, they entreat King Pelasgus to protect them.
Not that it was Daylight's way abjectly to beg and entreat.
Now, I entreat you to begin your own personal journey into this Historical Occasion.
He knew that he would pray, and beg, and entreat, even as Big Ivan and the others that had gone before.
My dear son, I entreat you never to make such an assertion again.