1 [beg]
verb (used with object), begged, begging.
to ask for as a gift, as charity, or as a favor: to beg alms; to beg forgiveness.
to ask (someone) to give or do something; implore: He begged me for mercy. Sit down, I beg you.
to take for granted without basis or justification: a statement that begs the very point we're disputing.
to fail or refuse to come to grips with; avoid; evade: a report that consistently begs the whole problem.
verb (used without object), begged, begging.
to ask alms or charity; live by asking alms.
to ask humbly or earnestly: begging for help; begging to differ.
(of a dog) to sit up, as trained, in a posture of entreaty.
Verb phrases
beg off, to request or obtain release from an obligation, promise, etc.: He had promised to drive us to the recital but begged off at the last minute.
beg the question, to assume the truth of the very point raised in a question.
go begging, to remain open or available, as a position that is unfilled or an unsold item: The job went begging for lack of qualified applicants.

before 900; Middle English beggen, by assimilation from Old English *bedican, syncopated variant of bedecian to beg; compare Gothic bidagwa beggar. See bead

half-begging, adjective
unbegged, adjective

2. entreat, pray, beseech, petition. Beg and request are used in certain conventional formulas, in the sense of ask. Beg, once a part of many formal expressions used in letter writing, debate, etc., is now used chiefly in such courteous formulas as I beg your pardon; The Committee begs to report, etc. Request, more impersonal and now more formal, is used in giving courteous orders (You are requested to report ) and in commercial formulas like to request payment. Unabridged


2 [beyg, beg]

1680–90;Turkic; see bey

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beg1 (bɛɡ)
vb (when intr, often foll by for) , begs, begging, begged
1.  to solicit (for money, food, etc), esp in the street
2.  to ask (someone) for (something or leave to do something) formally, humbly, or earnestly: I beg forgiveness; I beg to differ
3.  (intr) (of a dog) to sit up with forepaws raised expectantly
4.  to leave unanswered or unresolved: to beg a point
5.  beg the question
 a.  to evade the issue
 b.  to assume the thing under examination as proved
 c.  to suggest that a question needs to be asked: the firm's success begs the question: why aren't more companies doing the same?
6.  go begging, go a-begging to be unwanted or unused
usage  The use of beg the question to mean that a question needs to be asked is considered by some people to be incorrect

beg2 (bɛɡ)
a variant of bey

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., perhaps from O.E. bedecian "to beg," from P.Gmc. *beth-; or possibly from Anglo-Fr. begger, from O.Fr. begart (see beggar). The O.E. word for "beg" was wædlian, from wædl "poverty." Of trained dogs, 1816. As a courteous mode of asking (beg pardon,
etc.), first attested c.1600. To beg the question translates L. petitio principii, and means "to assume something that hasn't been proven as a basis of one's argument," thus "asking" one's opponent to give something unearned, though more of the nature of taking it for granted without warrant.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
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  1. begin

  2. beginning

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Beg definition

That the poor existed among the Hebrews we have abundant evidence (Ex. 23:11; Deut. 15:11), but there is no mention of beggars properly so called in the Old Testament. The poor were provided for by the law of Moses (Lev. 19:10; Deut. 12:12; 14:29). It is predicted of the seed of the wicked that they shall be beggars (Ps. 37:25; 109:10). In the New Testament we find not seldom mention made of beggars (Mark 10:46; Luke 16:20, 21; Acts 3:2), yet there is no mention of such a class as vagrant beggars, so numerous in the East. "Beggarly," in Gal. 4:9, means worthless.

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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with beg, also see go begging.

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title among Turkish peoples traditionally given to rulers of small tribal groups, to members of ruling families, and to important officials. Under the Ottoman Empire a bey was the governor of a province, distinguished by his own flag (sancak, liwa). In Tunis after 1705 the title become hereditary for the country's sovereign. Later "bey" became a general title of respect in Turkish and Arab countries, added after a personal name and equivalent to "esquire" (or "sir" in conversation) in English. In the 20th-century Turkish republic, bey, though surviving in polite conversation, was replaced by bay before the name (equivalent to "Mr.").

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Example sentences
Most writers who are dedicated to the craft would beg to disagree.
But before the full effects of motion sickness set in, the subjects will
  typically turn away and beg for mercy.
B call your doctor and beg the receptionist for an urgent appointment.
Some foreign firms that have found themselves embroiled in seemingly endless
  legal wrangling may beg to disagree.
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