- 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.
A hand holding out a cap to beg.
beg definition by Webster's New World
- to ask for as charity or as a gift: he begged a dime
- to ask for earnestly as a kindness or favor
Origin: Middle 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 definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb begged begged, beg·ging, begs verb, transitive
- To ask for as charity: begged money while sitting in a doorway.
- To ask earnestly for or of; entreat: begged me for help.
- a. To evade; dodge: a speech that begged the real issues.b. To take for granted without proof: beg the point in a dispute.
- To solicit alms.
- To make a humble or urgent plea.
Origin: Middle English beggen, possibly from Anglo-Norman begger, from Old French begart, lay brother, one who prays; see beggar.
beg - Phrases/Idioms
beg the question
- to use an argument that assumes as proved the very thing one is trying to prove
- loosely to evade the issue