begs; begged; begging
begs; begged; begging
Learner's definition of BEG
1 : to ask people for money or food
2 a : to ask (someone) in a very serious and emotional way for something needed or wanted very much
He begged the doctor for medicine.
He begged her for forgiveness. = He begged her to forgive him.
She begged him to read the story again.
I beg you to help them! = Help them, I beg you!
“Help them!” I begged.
[no object]— + of b : to ask for (something needed or wanted very much) in a very serious and emotional way
He got down on his knees and begged forgiveness. = He got down on his knees and begged to be forgiven.
He begged that she would forgive him.
begging a favor of someone
3 [no object], of a dog : to sit up on the back legs with the front legs raised 4 [+ object], of a thing : to seem perfect for some purpose: to be very well suited for something— followed by to + verb
beg, borrow, or/and stealinformal
: to do whatever is necessary to get something that is wanted or needed
beg leaveformal + old-fashioned
: to ask for permission— followed by to + verb
beg off[phrasal verb]informal
: to say that you cannot do something that you have been asked to do or have agreed to do
beg the question
1 : to cause someone to ask a specified question as a reaction or response 2 formal : to ignore a question or issue by assuming it has been answered or settled
beg to differ
: to politely disagree with someone
beg your pardon
◊ The phrase I beg your pardon is used in polite speech to apologize when you have done something impolite or when you have made a mistake.
I beg your pardon. [=sorry, excuse me] I didn't mean to bump into you like that.
I beg your pardon. You're correct; the amount is 12 dollars.
It can be used to show that you are annoyed or offended by something that another person has said.
It can also be used as a question when you have not heard or understood something clearly.
The shorter form beg pardon is also used informally this way.
go beggingchiefly British
: to be something that few or no people want
With the poor economy, many expensive restaurants now have tables that go begging. [=tables that are empty because there are no customers]
If that last biscuit's (still) going begging, can I have it, please?