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[en-treet] /ɛnˈtrit/
verb (used with object)
to ask (a person) earnestly; beseech; implore; beg:
to entreat the judge for mercy.
to ask earnestly for (something):
He entreated help in his work.
verb (used without object)
to make an earnest request or petition.
Origin of entreat
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
1. pray, importune, sue, solicit. See appeal. Unabridged
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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
  • Show that yours is so, I entreat, by cherishing the peace of the colony.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
  • "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
  • His eyes in their weariness seemed to entreat her not to argue.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • 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
  • He would see the Prince, he said, and warn him of the danger and entreat him to return.

  • entreat that their quiver be full, for the sake of thy righteousness.

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
  • I came to look for you, and to entreat you to come back with me to Champdoce.

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • 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
  • "I conjure and entreat you for the love of our country," is their usual wording.

    Kosciuszko Monica Mary Gardner
British Dictionary definitions for entreat


to ask (a person) earnestly; beg or plead with; implore
to make an earnest request or petition for (something)
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

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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