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English verb: beg

1. beg (communication) call upon in supplication; entreat


SamplesI beg you to stop!.


ExamplesThey beg him to write the letter, They beg to move


Synonymsimplore, pray


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)plead


Narrower (hyponym)crave, importune, insist, supplicate

2. beg (communication) make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently


SamplesHenry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce.
My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities.


Synonymssolicit, tap


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request


Narrower (hyponym)buttonhole, canvas, canvass, lobby, quest

3. beg (possession) ask to obtain free


SamplesBeg money and food.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request


Narrower (hyponym)cadge, panhandle, schnorr, scrounge, shnorr

4. beg (communication) dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted


SamplesBeg the question.
Beg the point in the discussion.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt









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