• WordNet 3.6
    • v entreat ask for or request earnestly "The prophet bid all people to become good persons"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Entreat Entreaty.
    • Entreat To beseech or supplicate successfully; to prevail upon by prayer or solicitation; to persuade. "It were a fruitless attempt to appease a power whom no prayers could entreat ."
    • Entreat To invite; to entertain. "Pleasures to entreat ."
    • Entreat To make an earnest petition or request. "The Janizaries entreated for them as valiant men."
    • Entreat To treat or discourse; hence, to enter into negotiations, as for a treaty. "Of which I shall have further occasion to entreat .""Alexander . . . was first that entreated of true peace with them."
    • Entreat To treat with, or in respect to, a thing desired; hence, to ask earnestly; to beseech; to petition or pray with urgency; to supplicate; to importune. "Entreat my wife to come.""I do entreat your patience.""I must entreat of you some of that money.""Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door.""Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife."
    • Entreat To treat, or conduct toward; to deal with; to use. "Fairly let her be entreated .""I will cause the enemy to entreat thee well."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • entreat To treat, use, or manage; deal with; act toward.
    • entreat To partake of; enjoy.
    • entreat To ask earnestly; beseech; petition with urgency; supplicate; solicit pressingly; importune.
    • entreat To prevail on by prayer or solicitation; persuade or cause to yield by entreaty.
    • entreat Synonyms Ask, Request, Beg, etc. See ask. See list under beseech.
    • entreat To treat of something; discourse.
    • entreat To treat with another or others; negotiate.
    • entreat To make an earnest petition or request.
    • n entreat Entreaty; prayer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Entreat en-trēt′ to ask earnestly: to beseech: to pray for:
    • v.t Entreat en-trēt′ (orig.) to treat, to deal with—so in B.v.i. to pray
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  • Charlotte Bronte
    “You -- poor and obscure, and small and plain as you are -- I entreat to accept me as a husband.”
  • Ben Jonson
    “'Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean, to be entreated, either to begin or end.”
  • Bible
    “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. [2 Corinthians 5:20]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. entreten, to treat, request, OF. entraiter, to treat of; pref. en-,L. in,) + traitier, to treat. See Treat
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. entraiteren, and traiter, to treat.


In literature:

I entreated Sigenok to let me go and ascertain.
"The Story of Nelson" by W.H.G. Kingston
He would have sent back his second boy Sam, but the lad earnestly entreated to be taken.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
She sent also an affectionate and respectful message to her new aunt, entreating her to intercede with her husband for his daughter.
"The White Lady of Hazelwood" by Emily Sarah Holt
O virgin Mary, we entreat, O Maria!
"The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book" by Various
I entreat you to hold out one day longer.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
All the passionate entreatings of his mother and of the gnomes are of no avail.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
I entreated Sigenok to allow me to accompany him.
"The Grateful Indian" by W.H.G. Kingston
I entreat you to leave me!
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
They therefore entreated the Sultan to take them under his protection.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
She will crouch in fear and entreat thee with soft words to spare her.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer

In poetry:

I lift entreating eyes to see
Gulf beyond gulf till sight relent,
Sun beyond sun till Time repent
Its question of Infinity.
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
Round him she fawns, with gentle pace;
Her actions all entreat:
She looks imploring in his face,
And licks his hands and feet!
"The Panther" by William Hayley
And when the solemn and deep churchbell
Entreats the soul to pray,
The midnight phantoms feel the spell,
The shadows sweep away.
"Voices Of The Night : The Beleaguered City" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Cornelia scarce could stand, for she
Began her guardian to entreat;
Seizing his busy arm, to flee
Far from the fawn before her feet.
"The Stag" by William Hayley
He spent forty days sojourning,
To many he made himself known,
He told of a city called Heaven,
Entreated them to make it their home.
"The Easter Man" by Frank Barbour Coffin
“Lenore!” his voice was like the cry
Of one entreating; and he said
But that—­then paused with such a sigh
As mourns the dead.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Among the many wonders of satellite radio is that if your station of choice is BBC World News, you're entreated to a roundup of wild pronouncements from dictatorial regimes across the globe.
When Jim James addresses a higher power on Monsters of Folk's "Dear God"-gently entreating, "Why do we suffer.