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Definition of "beg" []

  • To ask for as charity: begged money while sitting in a doorway. (verb-transitive)
  • To ask earnestly for or of; entreat: begged me for help. (verb-transitive)
  • To evade; dodge: a speech that begged the real issues. (verb-transitive)
  • To take for granted without proof: beg the point in a dispute. (verb-transitive)
  • To solicit alms. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "beg" in a sentence
  • ""I beg, Mr. Fraser, I _beg_ you to center your attention on driving your machine.""
  • "Then, "I beg -- I _beg_ your pardon, Mrs. Munger," he resumed."
  • "V. ii.490 (453,5) [You cannot beg us] That is, we are not fools, our next relations cannot _beg_ the wardship of our persons and fortunes."