A hand holding out a cap to beg.
- The definition of beg means to plead for something, especially for money or assistance.
- An example of beg is to repeatedly ask for permission to go to a party, offering to do anything your mom wants if she will let you go.
- An example of beg is when a public television station holds pledge drives asking for donations.
transitive verbbegged, begging
- to ask for as charity or as a gift: he begged a dime
- to ask for earnestly as a kindness or favor
Origin of begMiddle English beggen ; from Anglo-French begger ; from begart ; from Old French begard, religious mendicant ; from Middle Dutch beggaert
- to ask for alms; be a beggar
- to ask humbly; entreat
beg the question
- to use an argument that assumes as proved the very thing one is trying to prove
- loosely to evade the issue
verbbegged begged, beg·ging, begs
- a. To ask (someone) for something in an urgent or humble manner: begged me for help; begged me to give him the phone number.b. To ask for (something) in an urgent or humble manner: beg someone's forgiveness; beg a favor.c. To ask for (food or money, for instance) as a beggar.
- To ask (permission) to do something: begged leave to attend the ceremony.
- a. To evade; dodge: a speech that begged the real issues.b. To take for granted without proof: beg the point in a dispute.
- a. To ask for something, especially money or food from strangers, in an urgent or humble manner.b. To live as a beggar.
- To make an urgent or humble plea: beg for mercy.
Origin of begMiddle English beggen, possibly from Anglo-Norman begger, from Old French begart, lay brother, one who prays; see beggar.
(third-person singular simple present begs, present participle begging, simple past and past participle begged)
- (intransitive) to request the help of someone, often in the form of money
- He begged on the street corner from passers-by.
- to plead with someone for help, a favor, etc.; to entreat
- I beg your pardon. I didn't mean to cause offence.
- He begged her to go to the prom with him.
- to assume, in the phrase beg the question
- (proscribed) to raise a question, in the phrase beg the question
- a provincial governor under the Ottoman Empire, a bey
- (knitting) beginning