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besought

[bih-sawt] /bɪˈsɔt/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of beseech.
Related forms
unbesought, adjective

beseech

[bih-seech] /bɪˈsitʃ/
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
1100
before 1100; Middle English bisechen, Old English besēcan. See be-, seek
Related forms
beseecher, noun
beseechingly, adverb
beseechingness, noun
unbeseeching, adjective
unbeseechingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. pray, petition, supplicate, adjure. 1, 2. entreat, importune.
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  • 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.
  • But immediately perceiving that he had discovered his vision, he besought them not to disclose it to any one.
  • On his way homeward he was everywhere besought to speak.
  • Turn over property if no relief from stay will besought.
  • First, both long-and short-term solutions should besought.
  • He besought his hearers to rally round their new pas tor, hand in hand and heart with heart under his leadership.
British Dictionary definitions for besought

besought

/bɪˈsɔːt/
verb
1.
the past tense and past participle of beseech

beseech

/bɪˈsiːtʃ/
verb -seeches, -seeching, -sought, -seeched
1.
(transitive) to ask (someone) earnestly (to do something or for something); beg
Derived Forms
beseecher, noun
beseeching, adjective
beseechingly, adverb
Word Origin
C12: see be-, seek; related to Old Frisian besēka
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Word Origin and History for besought
v.

Middle English besohte, past tense and past participle of beseech.

beseech

v.

late 12c., bisecen "to beseech, beg urgently," from be- + Middle English secen "to seek" (see seek). German cognate besuchen is merely "to visit." Related: Besought; beseeching.

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