entreat

[en-treet]
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:
1300–50; Middle English entreten < Middle French entrait(i)er. See en-1, treat

entreatingly, adverb
entreatment, noun
nonentreating, adjective
nonentreatingly, adverb
unentreated, adjective
unentreating, adjective


1. pray, importune, sue, solicit. See appeal.
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entreat or intreat (ɪnˈtriːt)
 
vb
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
 
[C15: from Old French entraiter, from en-1 + traiter to treat]
 
intreat or intreat
 
vb
 
[C15: from Old French entraiter, from en-1 + traiter to treat]
 
en'treatingly or intreat
 
adv
 
in'treatingly or intreat
 
adv
 
en'treatment or intreat
 
n
 
in'treatment or intreat
 
n

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entreat
mid-14c., "to treat (someone) in a certain way," from Anglo-Fr. entretier, from O.Fr. entraiter, from en- "make" + traiter "treat." Meaning "to beseech, implore" is first attested c.1500.
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Example sentences
Companies successfully entreat customers to divulge personal information in
  return for services.
High-school and college teachers always entreat their charges to forgo the
  cramming.
But he will not do it voluntarily, however you may entreat him.
Do thou thyself entreat him, that he may give thee unerring answer.
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