Definitions for BEGbɛg

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

beg*bɛg(v.)begged, beg•ging.

  1. (v.t.)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.

  4. (v.i.)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.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  8. His success begs the question: what's next?

Idioms for beg:

  1. beg the question, to assume the truth of the very point raised in a question. to evade the issue. to raise the question; inspire one to ask.

    Category: Idiom

  2. go begging, to remain unclaimed, unused, or unpurchased.

    Category: Idiom

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Origin of beg:

bef. 900; ME beggen, by assimilation from OE *bedican, alter. of bedecian to beg

Princeton's WordNet

  1. beg, implore, pray(verb)

    call upon in supplication; entreat

    "I beg you to stop!"

  2. solicit, beg, tap(verb)

    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"

  3. beg(verb)

    ask to obtain free

    "beg money and food"

  4. beg(verb)

    dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted

    "beg the question"; "beg the point in the discussion"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. beg(verb)ɛg

    to ask repeatedly because you want sth very much

    I begged him to help me.; The kids were begging for ice cream.; to beg to be set free

  2. begɛg

    to ask for money, food, etc.

    people begging in the streets; children begging for spare change

  3. begɛg

    indicates you would like sb to repeat what they said

    I beg your pardon - I couldn't hear you.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beg(noun)

    a title of honor in Turkey and in some other parts of the East; a bey

  2. Beg(verb)

    to ask earnestly for; to entreat or supplicate for; to beseech

  3. Beg(verb)

    to ask for as a charity, esp. to ask for habitually or from house to house

  4. Beg(verb)

    to make petition to; to entreat; as, to beg a person to grant a favor

  5. Beg(verb)

    to take for granted; to assume without proof

  6. Beg(verb)

    to ask to be appointed guardian for, or to ask to have a guardian appointed for

  7. Beg(verb)

    to ask alms or charity, especially to ask habitually by the wayside or from house to house; to live by asking alms

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BEG' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3066

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BEG' in Verbs Frequency: #734

Translations for BEG

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


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.

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