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beg

 (bĕg)
v. begged, beg·ging, begs
v.tr.
1.
a. To ask (someone) for something in an urgent or humble manner: begged me for help; begged me to give him the phone number.
b. To ask for (something) in an urgent or humble manner: beg someone's forgiveness; beg a favor.
c. To ask for (food or money, for instance) as a beggar.
2. To ask (permission) to do something: begged leave to attend the ceremony.
3.
a. To evade; dodge: a speech that begged the real issues.
b. To take for granted without proof: beg the point in a dispute.
v.intr.
1.
a. To ask for something, especially money or food from strangers, in an urgent or humble manner.
b. To live as a beggar.
2. To make an urgent or humble plea: beg for mercy.
Phrasal Verb:
beg off
To ask to be released from something, such as an obligation: We were invited to stay for dinner, but we had to beg off.
Idioms:
beg (someone's) pardon
Used to introduce a polite request.
beg the question
1. To assume to be true what one is purporting to prove in an argument.
2. To call to mind a question in a discussion; invite or provoke a question.
beg to differ
To disagree in a polite manner.

[Middle English beggen, possibly from Anglo-Norman begger, from Old French begart, lay brother, one who prays; see beggar.]
Synonyms: beg, entreat, beseech, implore
These verbs mean to make an earnest request of someone. Beg may imply no more than standard courtesy (forgive me, I beg you), but in less formulaic expressions it usually suggests a respectful seriousness: I begged her to tell me what was troubling her.
Entreat suggests earnest pleading: "Hamilton and Jefferson ... each denounced the other ... Washington was appalled [and] entreated his warring secretaries to make peace" (Herbert Sloan).
Beseech is often used formally, especially in addressing an authority or divinity, but regardless of tone it emphasizes serious concern and often implies urgency: "[She] was beseeching us to do everything possible to save him" (Bernard Lown).
Implore suggests a similar sense of urgency in a matter of great importance: "Her mother had implored her to try to get an education, to try to break out of ... poverty" (Robert Coles). See Also Synonyms at cadge.
Usage Note: Historically, logicians and philosophers have used the phrase beg the question to mean "to put forward an argument whose conclusion is already assumed as a premise." Usually, when people beg the question in this sense, the conclusion and the assumed premise are put in slightly different words, which tends to obscure the fact that such an argument is logically meaningless. For instance, to argue that caviar tastes better than peanut butter because caviar has a superior flavor is to beg the question—the premise that is taken as given (that caviar's flavor is superior) is essentially identical to the point it is intended to prove (that caviar tastes better).·But since at least the early 1900s, laypeople have been using beg the question in slightly different senses, to mean "raise a relevant question" or "leave a relevant question unanswered." When used in these senses, beg the question is usually followed by a clause explaining what the question in question is, as in That article begs the question of whether we should build a new school or renovate the old one or The real estate listing claims that the kitchen is spacious, which begs the question of what "spacious" means. These senses of beg the question are so well established that they have nearly displaced the original sense in everyday usage, but they are still often frowned on by traditionalists, especially those with training in philosophy; in our 2013 survey, the sentences above were judged acceptable only by slim majorities of the Usage Panel—55 and 58 percent, respectively. By contrast, a sentence using the phrase in its original sense (When I asked him why we must protect every endangered species regardless of the cost, he said it was because every species is priceless, but that just begs the question) was considered acceptable by 79 percent of the Panel. The newer senses of beg the question will probably continue to flourish because "begging a question" suggests "begging for," or "raising" a question. However, this broader usage will also probably continue to draw the ire of philosophers and others who use the "circular reasoning" sense of the term, for which there is no good substitute, and do not want to see its technical meaning lost.

beg

(bɛɡ)
vb, begs, begging or begged
1. (when: intr, often foll by for) to solicit (for money, food, etc), esp in the street
2. to ask (someone) for (something or leave to do something) formally, humbly, or earnestly: I beg forgiveness; I beg to differ.
3. (Zoology) (intr) (of a dog) to sit up with forepaws raised expectantly
4. to leave unanswered or unresolved: to beg a point.
5. beg the question
a. to evade the issue
b. to assume the thing under examination as proved
c. to suggest that a question needs to be asked: the firm's success begs the question: why aren't more companies doing the same?.
6. go begging go a-begging to be unwanted or unused
[C13: probably from Old English bedecian; related to Gothic bidagwa beggar]
Usage: The use of beg the question to mean that a question needs to be asked is considered by some people to be incorrect

beg

(bɛɡ)
n
(Historical Terms) a variant of bey

beg

(bɛg)

v. begged, beg•ging. v.t.
1. to ask for as a gift, as charity, or as a favor: to beg alms; to beg forgiveness.
2. to ask (someone) to give or do something; implore: He begged me for help.
3. to avoid; evade: a report that begs the whole problem.
v.i.
4. to ask alms or charity; live by asking alms.
5. to ask humbly or earnestly.
6. (of a dog) to sit up, as trained, in a posture of entreaty.
7. beg off, to request release from an obligation.
Idioms:
1. beg the question,
a. to assume the truth of the very point raised in a question.
b. to evade the issue.
c. to raise the question; inspire one to ask.
2. go begging, to remain unclaimed, unused, or unpurchased.
[before 900; Middle English beggen, by assimilation from Old English *bedican, alter. of bedecian to beg]
usage.: Beg the question is originally a translation of the Latin rhetorical term petitio principii, which means “to assume the truth of the very point under discussion.” For example, to answer the question “Can we afford another employee?” by stating how convenient it would be to have another employee would be begging the question. This expression was then taken to mean “avoid the question” or “evade the issue” - a natural assumption if one is unfamiliar with the original meaning. The most recent, and now quite common, sense is “to raise the question”: His success begs the question: what's next?

beg


Past participle: begged
Gerund: begging

Imperative
beg
beg
Present
I beg
you beg
he/she/it begs
we beg
you beg
they beg
Preterite
I begged
you begged
he/she/it begged
we begged
you begged
they begged
Present Continuous
I am begging
you are begging
he/she/it is begging
we are begging
you are begging
they are begging
Present Perfect
I have begged
you have begged
he/she/it has begged
we have begged
you have begged
they have begged
Past Continuous
I was begging
you were begging
he/she/it was begging
we were begging
you were begging
they were begging
Past Perfect
I had begged
you had begged
he/she/it had begged
we had begged
you had begged
they had begged
Future
I will beg
you will beg
he/she/it will beg
we will beg
you will beg
they will beg
Future Perfect
I will have begged
you will have begged
he/she/it will have begged
we will have begged
you will have begged
they will have begged
Future Continuous
I will be begging
you will be begging
he/she/it will be begging
we will be begging
you will be begging
they will be begging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been begging
you have been begging
he/she/it has been begging
we have been begging
you have been begging
they have been begging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been begging
you will have been begging
he/she/it will have been begging
we will have been begging
you will have been begging
they will have been begging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been begging
you had been begging
he/she/it had been begging
we had been begging
you had been begging
they had been begging
Conditional
I would beg
you would beg
he/she/it would beg
we would beg
you would beg
they would beg
Past Conditional
I would have begged
you would have begged
he/she/it would have begged
we would have begged
you would have begged
they would have begged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.beg - call upon in supplicationbeg - call upon in supplication; entreat; "I beg you to stop!"
crave - plead or ask for earnestly
supplicate - ask humbly (for something); "He supplicated the King for clemency"
plead - appeal or request earnestly; "I pleaded with him to stop"
importune, insist - beg persistently and urgently; "I importune you to help them"
beg off, excuse - ask for permission to be released from an engagement
2.beg - make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently; "Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"
call for, request, bespeak, quest - express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
quest - seek alms, as for religious purposes
canvas, canvass - solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
buttonhole, lobby - detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors
3.beg - ask to obtain freebeg - ask to obtain free; "beg money and food"
call for, request, bespeak, quest - express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
schnorr, shnorr, cadge, scrounge - obtain or seek to obtain by cadging or wheedling; "he is always shnorring cigarettes from his friends"
panhandle - beg by accosting people in the street and asking for money
4.beg - dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted; "beg the question"; "beg the point in the discussion"
evade, hedge, sidestep, skirt, parry, fudge, circumvent, dodge, elude, duck, put off - avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"

beg

verb
1. implore, plead with, beseech, desire, request, pray, petition, conjure, crave, solicit, entreat, importune, supplicate, go on bended knee to I begged him to come back to England with me
2. scrounge, bum (informal), blag (slang), touch (someone) for (slang), mooch (slang), cadge, forage for, hunt around (for), sponge on (someone) for, freeload (slang), seek charity, call for alms, solicit charity I was surrounded by people begging for food.
scrounge give, present, award, grant, commit, contribute, donate, confer, bestow, impart, apportion
3. dodge, avoid, get out of, duck (informal), hedge, parry, shun, evade, elude, fudge, fend off, eschew, flannel (Brit. informal), sidestep, shirk, equivocate, body-swerve (Scot.) The research begs a number of questions.

beg

verb
1. To ask or ask for as charity:
Informal: panhandle.
Slang: mooch.
2. To make an earnest or urgent request:
Archaic: conjure.
Translations
احتملاستجدىتسوليَتَسَوَّل، يَسْتَجْدييَتَوَسَّل إلى
prositžebratnaléhavě žádat
tiggetrygle
kerjätäpyytääbeg
להתחנן
moliti
koldulkönyörög
betlabiîja, sárbæna
物乞いをする
구걸하다
mendicarerogare
būti kitos nuomonėselgetaelgetautimaldautineapsakomas
lūgtlūgtiesubagot
naliehavo žiadať/prosiťžobrať
prosjačitirotiti
molitiprositizamoliti
tigga
ขอร้อง
năn nỉ

beg

[beg]
A. VT
1. (= implore) → rogar, suplicar
I beg you!¡te lo suplico!
to beg forgivenesssuplicar or implorar perdón
he begged my helpsuplicó mi ayuda
to beg sb for sthsuplicar algo a algn
he begged me to help himme suplicó que le ayudara
I beg to inform you (frm) → tengo el honor de informarle
I beg to differsiento tener que disentir
to beg the question some definitions of mental illness beg the question of what constitutes normal behaviouralgunas definiciones de enfermedad mental dan por sentado lo que constituye un comportamiento normal
2. [beggar] [+ food, money] → pedir
he begged a poundpidió una libra
B. VI
1. (= implore) to beg for [+ forgiveness, mercy] → implorar
2. [beggar] → mendigar, pedir limosna
there's some cake going beggingqueda un poco de tarta, ¿no la quiere nadie?
beg off VI + ADV (US) → dar una excusa

beg

[ˈbɛg]
vimendier
to beg for food → mendier de la nourriture
vt
[+ food, money] → mendier
(= ask for) [+ favour] → quémander, solliciter
to beg sb for sth
He begged her for forgiveness → Il la supplia de lui pardonner.
She begged him for help → Elle le supplia de l'aider.
We are not going to beg them for help → Nous n'allons pas les supplier de nous aider.
I beg your pardon (apologising)excusez-moi; (not hearing)pardon?
I beg to differ → je ne suis pas de votre avis
(= entreat) → supplier
to beg sb to do sth → supplier qn de faire qch
He begged me to stop → Il m'a supplié d'arrêter.
to beg the question (= raise the question) → soulever la question
to beg the question as to whether → soulever la question de savoir si

beg

vt
money, almsbetteln um
(= crave, ask for) forgiveness, mercy, a favourbitten um; to beg something of somebodyjdn um etw bitten; he begged to be allowed to …er bat darum, … zu dürfen; the children begged me to let them go to the circusdie Kinder bettelten, ich solle sie in den Zirkus gehen lassen; to beg leave to do somethingum Erlaubnis bitten, etw tun zu dürfen; I beg leave to be dismissed (form)gestatten Sie, dass ich mich entferne? (form); I beg to inform you … (form)ich erlaube mir, Sie davon in Kenntnis zu setzen; I beg to differich erlaube mir, anderer Meinung zu sein ? pardon
(= entreat) sbanflehen, inständig bitten; I beg you!ich flehe dich an!
to beg the questiondie Frage offenlassen; something begs the question whether …etw wirft die Frage auf, ob …
vi
(beggar)betteln; (dog)Männchen machen
(for help, time etc) → bitten (for um)
(= entreat) to beg of somebody to do somethingjdn anflehen or inständig bitten, etw zu tun; I beg of youich bitte Sie
to go begging (inf)noch zu haben sein; (= be unwanted)keine Abnehmer finden

beg

[bɛg]
1. vt
a. (entreat) → supplicare, pregare; (favour) → chiedere; (subj, beggar, food, money) → mendicare
he begged me for mercy → mi supplicava di aver pietà
he begged me to help him → mi ha supplicato or pregato di aiutarlo
to beg forgiveness → implorare perdono
I beg your pardon (apologising) → mi scusi (not hearing) → scusi?
I beg to differ → mi permetto di non essere d'accordo
b. this begs the questionquesto dà per scontato ciò che dev'essere ancora dimostrato
2. vi (entreat) to beg forimplorare; (beggar) → chiedere l'elemosina or la carità
it's going begging (fam) → non lo vuole proprio nessuno
beg off vi + advdisdire

beg

(beg) past tense, past participle begged verb
1. to ask (someone) for (money, food etc). The old man was so poor that he had to beg in the street; He begged (me) for money.
2. to ask (someone) desperately or earnestly. I beg you not to do it.
ˈbeggar noun
a person who lives by begging. The beggar asked for money for food.
verb
to make very poor. He was beggared by the collapse of his firm.
beggar description
to be so great in some way that it cannot be described. Her beauty beggars description.
beg to differ
to disagree. You may think that he should get the job but I beg to differ.

beg

يَسْتَجْدِي prosit tigge betteln ικετεύω suplicar kerjätä supplier moliti implorare 物乞いをする 구걸하다 bedelen tigge poprosić implorar, pedir просить tigga ขอร้อง yalvarmak năn nỉ 乞求

beg

vt. pedir, rogar, mendigar.
References in classic literature ?
I beg your pardon for being so rude, but sometimes you forget to put down the curtain at the window where the flowers are.
I beg your pardon," offered Edna, in some embarrassment, for she should have remembered that Mademoiselle Reisz's avoidance of the water had furnished a theme for much pleasantry.
My darling," said he, "I beg of you, for my sake and for our child's sake, as well as for your own, that you will never for one instant let that idea enter your mind
If I have said anything which you think justifies this very abrupt leave-taking, I beg you will forgive and forget it--or, at least, let it have no more weight with you than the idle words of any woman.
There was a corporeal humility in looking up at him; and a white man standing before him seemed a white flag come to beg truce of a fortress.
For God's sake --I beg, I conjure --here exclaimed the stranger Captain to Ahab, who thus far had but icily received his petition.
I beg your pardon," I said, "I have turned no one out; the man who brought me put me here, and I had nothing to do with it; and as to my being a colt, I am turned four years old and am a grown-up horse.
Elzbieta would explain to him that it could not be helped, that a woman was subject to such things when she was pregnant; but he was hardly to be persuaded, and would beg and plead to know what had happened.
I heard her plead and beg for us; but he told her 't was no use; that he was in this man's debt, and that this man had got the power over him; and that if he didn't pay him off clear, it would end in his having to sell the place and all the people, and move off.
Oh, that's all right, that's all right, give us a rest; never mind about the direction, HANG the direction -- I beg pardon, I beg a thousand pardons, I am not well to-day; pay no attention when I soliloquize, it is an old habit, an old, bad habit, and hard to get rid of when one's digestion is all disordered with eating food that was raised forever and ever before he was born; good land
And I beg of you, let her have her way with the dumb animals - they are her worship.
She began to tremble with emotion, and straightway sent to beg him to let his "po' ole nigger Mammy have jes one sight of him en die for joy.