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Definition of the noun beseech

What does beseech mean as a name of something?


  1. [archaic] A request.

Definition of the verb beseech

What does beseech mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections:

 simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. ask for or request earnestly
    • examples: I do beseech you, hear me through. | I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken. | I do plainly and ingenuously confess that I am guilty of corruption, and do renounce all defense. I beseech your Lordships to be merciful to a broken reed.
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]He ordered John
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] [Proposition, object control with infinitive]He ordered John to eat his sloth

      Order Verbs (with the same syntax): allow, call, invite, need, okay, permit, summon, want.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of beseech: adjure / bid / conjure / entreat / press
    • more generic word: plead = appeal or request earnestly

Alternative definition of the verb beseech


  1. [dated] To beg or implore.

Definition of the verb beseech for high school students

    to beg, plead, implore
    • example: The servant beseeched the king for food to feed his starving family.

The verb beseech is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


Beseech is a Gothic metal band from Borås, Sweden. They disbanded in 2006, only to return to the music scene with an updated line-up at the end of 2013.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Beseech

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Google previewCalled and Chosen for Destiny (2009)

Knowing and Fulfilling Your Destiny in God by Joan E. Murray

To beseech means to come along side or near to someone as close as you can get. Then plead with the person to take some course of...

Google previewThe Student Writer's Guide to Avoiding “Dead Words” (2015)

by James Deaux

Beseech is a word that you will generally see in classic European literature. It is a word used amongst royalty figures. • Challenge: The act of asking can also be that of calling into question what someone else has said or claimed. This is very ...

Google previewTrue Christianity (2015)

by Dr. Paul Caram

Beseech is a very strong word in the original Hebrew and Greek. It signifies desperation. God's glory is revealed to the desperate, starving seeker. Desire is the key! Christians who are content as they are do not come to glory (Rev. 3:1519 ).

Google previewLove's Redeeming Work (2001)

The Anglican Quest for Holiness by Geoffrey Rowell, Kenneth Stevenson, Rowan Williams

To beseech is a terme that confounds an ingenious man, ...

Google previewA Universal Alphabet, Grammar, and Language; comprising a scientific classication of the radical elements of discourse, and illustrative translations, to which is added a Dictionary of the Language (1856)

by George EDMONDS (Attorney, of London.)

z: truskwi fronsusoo"ruz; trusk That it may please thee to bless and preserve, the PRINCE ALBERT, Albert, Prince of Wales, and all the Royal Family; We beseech thee to hear us, good God. That it may please thee to illuminate all Bishops, ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

BESEECH', v.&n. From Sax. recan; BESEEch'ING, ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

BESEECH', r.&n.-v From Sax. recan ; Blseech'ing, n.

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Usage statistics about beseech

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Humans beseech Zeus

Humans beseech Zeus to restore the bounty of the Earth.

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Small photo of Top 15 quotes by Oliver Cromwell - English military and political leader , Lord Protector. I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.Small photo of TOP-20. Aphorism by Oliver Cromwell - English statesman and military leader, head of the English Revolution. I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken. More...

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I do beseech you to direct your efforts more to preparing youth for the path and less to preparing the path for the youth. (Ben Lindsey)
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Scrabble value of B3E1S1E1E1C3H4

The value of this 7-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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