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beg

 
 
pronunciation:
beg
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
beg the question, beg off
grammatical pattern:
verb smby + inf, verb + inf
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: begs, begging, begged
definition 1: to ask for (food, money, or other necessities) as charity or as a gift.
The orphans were forced to beg for food.
synonyms:
cadge, panhandle, solicit
similar words:
bum, cry, request, seek, sponge, supplicate
definition 2: to humbly and pleadingly ask a favor of; implore.
I beg you to reconsider this decision.[verb smby + inf ] He begged his wife to forgive him.[verb smby + inf ]
synonyms:
adjure, beseech, crave, entreat, implore, solicit, supplicate
similar words:
cry, importune, petition, pray, press, request, urge
phrase: beg the question
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to request humbly or desperately.
The little girl begged for another ride on her father's shoulders.The prisoner begged for mercy.He begged to see his wife, but the guards would not allow it.[verb + inf ]
synonyms:
implore, supplicate
similar words:
appeal, ask, beseech, entreat, importune, petition, plead, pray, press, solicit
definition 2: to ask for charity or gifts.
The poor were begging in the streets.
synonyms:
panhandle, solicit
similar words:
appeal, ask, cadge, pray, sponge, supplicate
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phrase: beg off
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