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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
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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  • 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.
  • Friends and comrades entreat him to go to the rear and have his wound dressed.
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.

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