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Meaning of BEG

Pronunciation:  beg

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  call upon in supplication; entreat; "I beg you to stop!"
  2. [v]  make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently; "Henry IV solcited the Pope for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"
  3. [v]  ask to obtain free, as of money

BEG is a 3 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: implore, pray, solicit, tap
 See Also: beg off, bespeak, bespeak, buttonhole, cadge, call for, call for, canvas, canvass, crave, excuse, importune, insist, lobby, panhandle, plead, quest, quest, request, request, scrounge, supplicate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Beg\, n. [Turk. beg, pronounced bay. Cf. {Bey}, {Begum}.]
    A title of honor in Turkey and in some other parts of the
    East; a bey.
  2. \Beg\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Begged}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Begging}.] [OE. beggen, perh. fr. AS. bedecian (akin to
    Goth. bedagwa beggar), biddan to ask. (Cf. {Bid}, v. t.); or
    cf. beghard, beguin.]
    1. To ask earnestly for; to entreat or supplicate for; to
             I do beg your good will in this case. --Shak.
             [Joseph] begged the body of Jesus.    --Matt. xxvii.
    Note: Sometimes implying deferential and respectful, rather
          than earnest, asking; as, I beg your pardon; I beg
          leave to disagree with you.
    2. To ask for as a charity, esp. to ask for habitually or
       from house to house.
             Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his
             seed begging bread.                   --Ps. xxxvii.
    3. To make petition to; to entreat; as, to beg a person to
       grant a favor.
    4. To take for granted; to assume without proof.
    5. (Old Law) To ask to be appointed guardian for, or to ask
       to have a guardian appointed for.
             Else some will beg thee, in the court of wards.
    {To beg (one) for a fool}, to take him for a fool.
    {I beg to}, is an elliptical expression for I beg leave to;
       as, I beg to inform you.
    {To beg the question}, to assume that which was to be proved
       in a discussion, instead of adducing the proof or
       sustaining the point by argument.
    {To go a-begging}, a figurative phrase to express the absence
       of demand for something which elsewhere brings a price;
       as, grapes are so plentiful there that they go a-begging.
    Syn: To {Beg}, {Ask}, {Request}.
    Usage: To ask (not in the sense of inquiring) is the generic
           term which embraces all these words. To request is
           only a polite mode of asking. To beg, in its original
           sense, was to ask with earnestness, and implied
           submission, or at least deference. At present,
           however, in polite life, beg has dropped its original
           meaning, and has taken the place of both ask and
           request, on the ground of its expressing more of
           deference and respect. Thus, we beg a person's
           acceptance of a present; we beg him to favor us with
           his company; a tradesman begs to announce the arrival
           of new goods, etc. Crabb remarks that, according to
           present usage, ``we can never talk of asking a
           person's acceptance of a thing, or of asking him to do
           us a favor.'' This can be more truly said of usage in
           England than in America.
  3. \Beg\, v. i.
    To ask alms or charity, especially to ask habitually by the
    wayside or from house to house; to live by asking alms.
          I can not dig; to beg I am ashamed.      --Luke xvi. 3.
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Easton Bible Dictionary

That the poor existed among the Hebrews we have abundant evidence (Ex. 23:11; Deut. 15:11), but there is no mention of beggars properly so called in the Old Testament. The poor were provided for by the law of Moses (Lev. 19:10; Deut. 12:12; 14:29). It is predicted of the seed of the wicked that they shall be beggars (Ps. 37:25; 109:10).

In the New Testament we find not seldom mention made of beggars (Mark 10:46; Luke 16:20, 21; Acts 3:2), yet there is no mention of such a class as vagrant beggars, so numerous in the East. "Beggarly," in Gal. 4:9, means worthless.

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