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Meaning of ENTREAT

Pronunciation:  en'treet

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  ask for or request earnestly; "The prophet bid all people to become good persons"

ENTREAT is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: adjure, beseech, bid, conjure, press
 See Also: plead



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \En*treat"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Entreated}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Entreating}.] [OE. entreten to treat, request, OF.
    entraiter to treat of; pref. en- (L. in) + traitier to treat.
    See {Treat}.]
    1. To treat, or conduct toward; to deal with; to use. [Obs.]
             Fairly let her be entreated.          --Shak.
             I will cause the enemy to entreat thee well. --Jer.
                                                   xv. 11.
    2. 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.'' --Shak.
             I must entreat of you some of that money. --Shak.
             Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber
             door.                                 --Poe.
             Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife. --Gen. xxv.
    3. 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.             --Rogers.
    4. To invite; to entertain. [Obs.] ``Pleasures to entreat.''
    Syn: To beseech; beg; solicit; crave; implore; supplicate.
         See {Beseech}.
  2. \En*treat"\, v. i.
    1. To treat or discourse; hence, to enter into negotiations,
       as for a treaty. [Obs.]
             Of which I shall have further occasion to entreat.
             Alexander . . . was first that entreated of true
             peace with them.                      --1 Mac. x.
    2. To make an earnest petition or request.
             The Janizaries entreated for them as valiant men.
  3. \En*treat"\, n.
    Entreaty. [Obs.] --Ford.
Thesaurus Terms
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