besought

[bih-sawt]
verb
a simple past tense and past participle of beseech.

unbesought, adjective
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beseech

[bih-seech]
verb (used with object), besought or beseeched, beseeching.
1.
to implore urgently: They besought him to go at once.
2.
to beg eagerly for; solicit.
verb (used without object), besought or beseeched, beseeching.
3.
to make urgent appeal: Earnestly did I beseech, but to no avail.

Origin:
before 1100; Middle English bisechen, Old English besēcan. See be-, seek

beseecher, noun
beseechingly, adverb
beseechingness, noun
unbeseeching, adjective
unbeseechingly, adverb


1. pray, petition, supplicate, adjure. 1, 2. entreat, importune.
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beseech (bɪˈsiːtʃ)
 
vb , -seeches, -seeching, -sought, -seeched
(tr) to ask (someone) earnestly (to do something or for something); beg
 
[C12: see be-, seek; related to Old Frisian besēka]
 
be'seecher
 
n
 
be'seeching
 
adj
 
be'seechingly
 
adv

besought (bɪˈsɔːt)
 
vb
the past tense and past participle of beseech

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beseech
late 12c., bisecen "to beseech, beg urgently," from be- + M.E. secen "to seek" (see seek). Ger. cognate besuchen is merely "to visit."

besought
M.E. besohte, p.t. and pp. of beseech.
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Example sentences
Then he kneeled down, and prayed the hermit to shrive him, and besought that he might be his brother.
He threw himself in the dust and besought them each by name to give him way.
On his way homeward he was everywhere besought to speak.
But immediately perceiving that he had discovered his vision, he besought them not to disclose it to any one.
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