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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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  • When Maynard wanders through the crowd, fans beseech him for his autograph.
  • We beseech you to give authors back their rights.
  • The economy purrs ahead and employers beseech the government not to return the boat people to whence they came.
  • With wares kept behind counters, customers had to beseech surly sales clerks just to look at a pair of gloves.
  • Thus, I beseech thee, down the silent deep.
British Dictionary definitions for 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 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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