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


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Synonyms

adjure, beseech, bid, conjure, press

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plead

Misc. Definitions

\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. 1
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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. 2
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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.'' --Spenser. Syn: To beseech; beg; solicit; crave; implore; supplicate. See {Beseech}.
\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. --Hakewill. Alexander . . . was first that entreated of true peace with them. --1 Mac. x. 4
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2. To make an earnest petition or request. The Janizaries entreated for them as valiant men. --Knolles.
\En*treat"\, n. Entreaty. [Obs.] --Ford.

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