Definition of Beg

1. Verb. Call upon in supplication; entreat. "They beg to move "; "I beg you to stop!"

Exact synonyms: Implore, Pray
Specialized synonyms: Crave, Supplicate, Importune, Insist
Generic synonyms: Plead
Also: Beg Off
Derivative terms: Beggary

2. Verb. Make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently. "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"
Exact synonyms: Solicit, Tap
Generic synonyms: Bespeak, Call For, Quest, Request
Specialized synonyms: Quest, Canvas, Canvass, Buttonhole, Lobby
Derivative terms: Beggary, Solicitation, Solicitor

3. Verb. Ask to obtain free. "Beg money and food"
Generic synonyms: Bespeak, Call For, Quest, Request
Specialized synonyms: Cadge, Schnorr, Scrounge, Shnorr, Panhandle
Derivative terms: Beggary

4. Verb. Dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted. "Beg the point in the discussion"

Definition of Beg

1. n. A title of honor in Turkey and in some other parts of the East; a bey.

2. v. t. To ask earnestly for; to entreat or supplicate for; to beseech.

3. v. i. To ask alms or charity, especially to ask habitually by the wayside or from house to house; to live by asking alms.

Definition of Beg

1. Verb. (intransitive) to request the help of someone, often in the form of money ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) to plead with someone for help or for a favor ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) to assume, in the phrase (term beg the question) ¹

4. Verb. (proscribed) to raise a question, in the phrase (term beg the question) ¹

5. Noun. a provincial governor under the Ottoman Empire, a bey ¹

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Definition of Beg

1. to plead [v BEGGED, BEGGING, BEGS] - See also: plead

Medical Definition of Beg

1. 1. To ask earnestly for; to entreat or supplicate for; to beseech. "I do beg your good will in this case." (Shak) "[Joseph] begged the body of Jesus." (Matt. Xxvii. 58) Sometimes implying deferential and respectful, rather than earnest, asking; as, I beg your pardon; I beg leave to disagree with you. 2. To ask for as a charity, especially. To ask for habitually or from house to house. "Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." (Ps. Xxxvii. 25) 3. To make petition to; to entreat; as, to beg a person to grant a favor. 4. To take for granted; to assume without proof. 5. 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." (Harrington) Hence: To beg (one) for a fool, to take him for a fool. I beg to, is an elliptical expression for I beg leave to; as, I beg to inform you. To bag the question, to assume that which was to be proved in a discussion, instead of adducing the proof or sustaining the point by argument. To go a-begging, a figurative phrase to express the absence of demand for something which elsewhere brings a price; as, grapes are so plentiful there that they go a-begging. Synonym: To Beg, Ask, Request. To ask (not in the sense of inquiring) is the generic term which embraces all these words. To request is only a polite mode of asking. To beg, in its original sense, was to ask with earnestness, and implied submission, or at least deference. At present, however, in polite life, beg has dropped its original meaning, and has taken the place of both ask and request, on the ground of its expressing more of deference and respect. Thus, we beg a person's acceptance of a present; we beg him to favor us with his company; a tradesman begs to announce the arrival of new goods, etc. Crabb remarks that, according to present usage, "we can never talk of asking a person's acceptance of a thing, or of asking him to do us a favor." This can be more truly said of usage in England than in America. Origin: OE. Beggen, perh. Fr. AS. Bedecian (akin to Goth. Bedagwa beggar), biddan to ask. (Cf. Bid,); or cf. Beghard, beguin. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Beg

beg (current term)
beg off
beg the question
beg to differ

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