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  • Entreat — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • entreat — ► VERB 1) ask (someone) earnestly or anxiously. 2) ask earnestly or anxiously for. ORIGIN Old French entraitier, from Latin tractare to handle …   English terms dictionary

  • entreat — [en trēt′, intrēt′] vt. [ME entreten, to treat, deal with, beseech < Anglo Fr entretier < OFr entraiter < en , in + traiter: see TREAT] 1. Archaic to behave toward; treat 2. to ask earnestly; beg; beseech; implore vi. 1. to make an… …   English World dictionary

  • entreat — entreatingly, adv. entreatment, n. /en treet /, v.t. 1. to ask (a person) earnestly; beseech; implore; beg: to entreat the judge for mercy. 2. to ask earnestly for (something): He entreated help in his work. v.i. 3. to make an earnest request or… …   Universalium

  • entreat — [[t]ɪntri͟ːt[/t]] entreats, entreating, entreated VERB If you entreat someone to do something, you ask them very politely and seriously to do it. [FORMAL] [V n to inf] Trevor Steven entreated them to delay their departure... [V with quote] Call… …   English dictionary

  • entreat — /ɛnˈtrit / (say en treet), /ən / (say uhn ) verb (t) 1. to make supplication to (a person); beseech; implore: to entreat a person for something. 2. to ask earnestly for (something). –verb (i) 3. to make an earnest request or petition. {Middle… …   Australian English dictionary

  • entreat — verb 1》 ask (someone) earnestly or anxiously to do something.     ↘ask earnestly or anxiously for. 2》 archaic treat in a specified manner. Derivatives entreating adjective entreatingly adverb Origin ME: from OFr. entraitier, based on traitier to… …   English new terms dictionary

  • entreat — en•treat [[t]ɛnˈtrit[/t]] v. t. 1) to ask (a person) earnestly; beseech; implore; beg 2) to ask earnestly for (something) 3) to make an earnest request or petition • Etymology: 1300–50; ME < MF entrait(i) er en•treat′ing•ly, adv. en•treat′ment …   From formal English to slang

  • entreat — v.tr. 1 a (foll. by to + infin. or that + clause) ask (a person) earnestly. b ask earnestly for (a thing). 2 archaic treat; act towards (a person). Derivatives: entreatingly adv. Etymology: ME f. OF entraiter (as EN (1), traiter TREAT) …   Useful english dictionary

  • entreat — verb a) To treat, or conduct toward; to deal with; to use. “But I cannot persuade her to go away, my lady,” said the footman; “nor can any of the servants. Mrs. Fairfax is with her just now, entreating her to be gone; but she has taken a chair in …   Wiktionary


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