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beg

1 [beg]
verb (used with object), begged, begging.
1.
to ask for as a gift, as charity, or as a favor: to beg alms; to beg forgiveness.
2.
to ask (someone) to give or do something; implore: He begged me for mercy. Sit down, I beg you.
3.
to take for granted without basis or justification: a statement that begs the very point we're disputing.
4.
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.
5.
to ask alms or charity; live by asking alms.
6.
to ask humbly or earnestly: begging for help; begging to differ.
7.
(of a dog) to sit up, as trained, in a posture of entreaty.
Verb phrases
8.
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.
Idioms
9.
beg the question, to assume the truth of the very point raised in a question.
10.
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.

Origin:
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.
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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)
 
n
a variant of bey

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Word Origin & History

beg
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
BEG
big evil grin
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Bible Dictionary

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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