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entreat

[en-treet] /ɛnˈtrit/
verb (used with object)
1.
to ask (a person) earnestly; beseech; implore; beg:
to entreat the judge for mercy.
2.
to ask earnestly for (something):
He entreated help in his work.
verb (used without object)
3.
to make an earnest request or petition.
Origin of entreat
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English entreten < Middle French entrait(i)er. See en-1, treat
Related forms
entreatingly, adverb
entreatment, noun
nonentreating, adjective
nonentreatingly, adverb
unentreated, adjective
unentreating, adjective
Synonyms
1. pray, importune, sue, solicit. See appeal.
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Examples from the Web for entreat
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  • Reflect, then, I entreat you, ere you afford even a causeless impression of distance or estrangement.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • Pierre clasped his trembling hands, and at once tried to entreat him.

  • "Oh, Julia, I entreat—" but she was gone ere he could finish, and her merry laughter was heard till her door closed.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • Make this sacrifice, master, I entreat it of you on my knees.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • If I fail—if you cannot act on purely conscientious conviction—I not only advise, I entreat you, to remain as you are.

    The Black Robe Wilkie Collins
  • "Let us cease these pleasantries, I entreat you," I laughed.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • entreat that their quiver be full, for the sake of thy righteousness.

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
  • But she began to entreat and caress and implore him that he would take her with him.

  • We entreat the former to seek a deeper acquaintance with the One to whom, by grace, he has turned.

    The Great Commission C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
  • Not for my sake, Do I entreat a hearing—for your sake, And most, for her sake!

    Browning's England Helen Archibald Clarke
British Dictionary definitions for entreat

entreat

/ɪnˈtriːt/
verb
1.
to ask (a person) earnestly; beg or plead with; implore
2.
to make an earnest request or petition for (something)
3.
an archaic word for treat (sense 4)
Derived Forms
entreatingly, intreatingly, adverb
entreatment, intreatment, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French entraiter, from en-1 + traiter to treat
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Word Origin and History for entreat
v.

mid-14c., "to enter into negotiations;" early 15c., "to treat (someone) in a certain way," also "to plead for (someone)," from Anglo-French entretier, Old French entraiter "to treat," from en- "make" (see en- (1)) + traiter "to treat" (see treat (v.)). Meaning "to beseech, implore" is first attested c.1500. Related: Entreated; entreating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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