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


[bih-seech] /bɪˈsitʃ/
verb (used with object), besought or beseeched, beseeching.
to implore urgently:
They besought him to go at once.
to beg eagerly for; solicit.
verb (used without object), besought or beseeched, beseeching.
to make urgent appeal:
Earnestly did I beseech, but to no avail.
Origin of beseech
before 1100; Middle English bisechen, Old English besēcan. See be-, seek
Related forms
beseecher, noun
beseechingly, adverb
beseechingness, noun
unbeseeching, adjective
unbeseechingly, adverb
1. pray, petition, supplicate, adjure. 1, 2. entreat, importune. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for besought
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  • Mr. Clay went to him and besought him to withdraw the motion; but in vain.

  • She had re-appeared; it was she herself who now sobbed and besought him to be tender and merciful.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • And Simon's wife's mother was holden with a great fever; and they besought him for her.

    His Life William E. Barton, Theodore G. Soares, Sydney Strong
  • He snatched my hand, and besought me not to leave him in displeasure.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The third foreman I besought was an elderly German with a paternal manner.

    The Long Day Dorothy Richardson
  • Soon it was I who besought the Count to fly—to leave me—to see me no more.

  • Gabriele went up to her mother, and besought her to notice how well Louise looked, and the rose, how becoming it was to her!

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • Labordette called her a goose and besought her to be silent.

  • She denounced the Countess to my face, and besought my mother to omit the Sempachs from her list of acquaintances.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • Upon those grounds she besought me to forgive him and let him go.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for besought


the past tense and past participle of beseech


verb -seeches, -seeching, -sought, -seeched
(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

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



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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