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be·seech

 (bĭ-sēch′)
tr.v. be·sought (-sôt′) or be·seeched, be·seech·ing, be·seech·es
1. To address an earnest or urgent request to; implore: beseech them for help. See Synonyms at beg.
2. To request earnestly; beg for: "She unnerved him by receiving him in bed, bursting into tears, and beseeching his pardon" (Leo Damrosch).

[Middle English bisechen, from Old English besēcan : be-, be- + sēcan, to seek; see seek.]

be·seech′er n.

beseech

(bɪˈsiːtʃ)
vb, -seeches, -seeching, -sought or -seeched
(tr) to ask (someone) earnestly (to do something or for something); beg
[C12: see be-, seek; related to Old Frisian besēka]
beˈseecher n
beˈseeching adj
beˈseechingly adv

be•seech

(bɪˈsitʃ)

v. -sought -seeched, -seech•ing. v.t.
1. to implore urgently: They besought us to go at once.
2. to beg eagerly for; solicit.
v.i.
3. to make urgent appeal.
[before 1100; Middle English bisechen, Old English besēcan. See be-, seek]
be•seech′er, n.
be•seech′ing•ly, adv.

beseech

- First meant "search for, try to obtain."
See also related terms for try.

beseech


Past participle: beseeched
Gerund: beseeching

Imperative
beseech
beseech
Present
I beseech
you beseech
he/she/it beseeches
we beseech
you beseech
they beseech
Preterite
I beseeched
you beseeched
he/she/it beseeched
we beseeched
you beseeched
they beseeched
Present Continuous
I am beseeching
you are beseeching
he/she/it is beseeching
we are beseeching
you are beseeching
they are beseeching
Present Perfect
I have beseeched
you have beseeched
he/she/it has beseeched
we have beseeched
you have beseeched
they have beseeched
Past Continuous
I was beseeching
you were beseeching
he/she/it was beseeching
we were beseeching
you were beseeching
they were beseeching
Past Perfect
I had beseeched
you had beseeched
he/she/it had beseeched
we had beseeched
you had beseeched
they had beseeched
Future
I will beseech
you will beseech
he/she/it will beseech
we will beseech
you will beseech
they will beseech
Future Perfect
I will have beseeched
you will have beseeched
he/she/it will have beseeched
we will have beseeched
you will have beseeched
they will have beseeched
Future Continuous
I will be beseeching
you will be beseeching
he/she/it will be beseeching
we will be beseeching
you will be beseeching
they will be beseeching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been beseeching
you have been beseeching
he/she/it has been beseeching
we have been beseeching
you have been beseeching
they have been beseeching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been beseeching
you will have been beseeching
he/she/it will have been beseeching
we will have been beseeching
you will have been beseeching
they will have been beseeching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been beseeching
you had been beseeching
he/she/it had been beseeching
we had been beseeching
you had been beseeching
they had been beseeching
Conditional
I would beseech
you would beseech
he/she/it would beseech
we would beseech
you would beseech
they would beseech
Past Conditional
I would have beseeched
you would have beseeched
he/she/it would have beseeched
we would have beseeched
you would have beseeched
they would have beseeched
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.beseech - ask for or request earnestlybeseech - ask for or request earnestly; "The prophet bid all people to become good persons"
plead - appeal or request earnestly; "I pleaded with him to stop"

beseech

verb beg, ask, petition, call upon, plead with, solicit, implore, entreat, importune, adjure, supplicate She beseeched him to cut his drinking and smoking.

beseech

verb
To make an earnest or urgent request:
Archaic: conjure.
Translations
يَتَوَسَّل، يَتَضَرَّع
просяумолявам
naléhavě prosit
bønfaldetrygle
sárbæna
ļoti lūgtlūgtlūgties
naliehavo prosiť

beseech

[bɪˈsiːtʃ] (besought (pt, pp)) VT to beseech sb to do sthsuplicar a algn que haga algo

beseech

[bɪˈsiːtʃ] [besought] [bɪˈsɔːt] (pt, pp) vtimplorer, supplier

beseech

pret, ptp <beseeched or (liter) besought> (liter)
vt personanflehen, beschwören; forgivenessflehen um, erflehen (geh)

beseech

[bɪˈsiːtʃ] (besought (pt, pp)) vt (liter) → implorare

beseech

(biˈsiːtʃ) past tense, past participles besought (biˈsoːt) , beˈseeched verb
to beg. Don't kill him – I beseech you!
References in classic literature ?
was the only answer her mute appeal received, and too proud to cry or beseech, Amy set her teeth, threw bach her head defiantly, and bore without flinching several tingling blows on her little palm.
In the name of Heaven," cried Hepzibah, provoked only to intenser indignation by this outgush of the inestimable tenderness of a stern nature,--"in God's name, whom you insult, and whose power I could almost question, since he hears you utter so many false words without palsying your tongue,--give over, I beseech you, this loathsome pretence of affection for your victim
Come with me, I beseech you, Reverend sir, else you will be poorly able to do Sabbath duty to-morrow.
Meanwhile Captain Bildad sat earnestly and steadfastly eyeing Queequeg, and at last rising solemnly and fumbling in the huge pockets of his broad-skirted drab coat, took out a bundle of tracts, and selecting one entitled The Latter Day Coming; or No Time to Lose, placed it in queequeg's hands, and then grasping them and the book with both his, looked earnestly into his eyes, and said, Son of darkness, I must do my duty by thee; I am part owner of this ship, and feel concerned for the souls of all its crew; if thou still clingest to thy Pagan ways, which I sadly fear, I beseech thee, remain not for aye a Belial bondsman.
And you, mothers of America,--you who have learned, by the cradles of your own children, to love and feel for all mankind,--by the sacred love you bear your child; by your joy in his beautiful, spotless infancy; by the motherly pity and tenderness with which you guide his growing years; by the anxieties of his education; by the prayers you breathe for his soul's eternal good;--I beseech you, pity the mother who has all your affections, and not one legal right to protect, guide, or educate, the child of her bosom
Wherefore I beseech you let the dog and the onions and these people of the strange and godless names work out their several salvations from their piteous and wonderful difficulties without help of mine, for indeed their trouble is sufficient as it is, whereas an I tried to help I should but damage their cause the more and yet mayhap not live myself to see the deso- lation wrought.
I sha'n't tell my reasons for making this inquiry; but I beseech you to explain, if you can, what I have married: that is, when you call to see me; and you must call, Ellen, very soon.
If there is any person in the town, who feels emotion caused by this man's death,' said Scrooge quite agonised,`show that person to me, Spirit, I beseech you.
I thoroughly believe that but for those unfortunate donkeys, we should have come to a good understanding; for my aunt had laid her hand on my shoulder, and the impulse was upon me, thus emboldened, to embrace her and beseech her protection.
Then, feigning a tiff, he would close his manuscript, and all the ladies with their birdlike voices would beseech him with "Oh, no, Messer Firenzuola, please go on again; it's SO charming
But the voice of God To mortal eare is dreadful; they beseech That MOSES might report to them his will, And terror cease; he grants them thir desire, Instructed that to God is no access Without Mediator, whose high Office now MOSES in figure beares, to introduce One greater, of whose day he shall foretell, And all the Prophets in thir Age the times Of great MESSIAH shall sing.
Her clear blue eye, which sate enshrined beneath a graceful eyebrow of brown sufficiently marked to give expression to the forehead, seemed capable to kindle as well as melt, to command as well as to beseech.