Pronunciation Verb

beg (begs, present participle begging; past and past participle begged)

  1. (intransitive) To request#Verb|request the help#Noun|help of someone, often in the form of money.
    He begged on the street corner from passers-by.
  2. (transitive) To plead with someone for help, a favor#Noun|favor, etc.; to entreat.
    Synonyms: supplicate
    I beg your pardon. I didn’t mean to cause offence.
    He begged her to go to the prom with him.
    • c. 1604–1605, William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      I do beg your good will in this case.
    • Bible, Matthew 27:58
      [Joseph] begged the body of Jesus.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 5
      But that same day came Sam Tewkesbury to the Why Not? about nightfall, and begged a glass of rum, being, as he said, 'all of a shake' [...]
  3. (transitive) In the phrase beg the question: to assume.
  4. (transitive, proscribed) In the phrase beg the question: to raise#Verb|raise (a question#Noun|question).
    Antonyms: set aside
  5. (transitive, law, obsolete) To ask to be appointed guardian for, or to ask to have a guardian appointed for.
    • Else some will beg thee, in the court of wards.
Translations Translations Noun

beg (plural begs)

  1. The act of begging; an imploring request.

beg (plural begs)

  1. A provincial#Adjective|provincial governor under the Ottoman Empire; a bey.
  1. (knitting) Abbreviation of beginning#Noun|beginning.
    • 2005, DRG Dynamic Resource, House of White Birches, Big Book of Knit Hats & Scarves for Everyone (page 34)
      Knit with MC until work measures 3 inches from beg.

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