A little girl looking up beseechingly.
An example of beseech is how you might ask your boss for a promotion at work.
transitive verb-·sought′ or -·seeched′, -·seech′ing
- to ask (someone) earnestly; entreat; implore
- to ask for earnestly; solicit eagerly; beg for
Origin of beseechMiddle English bisechen from Old English besecan; see be- and seek
transitive verbbe·sought, or be·seeched be·seech·ing, be·seech·es
- To address an earnest or urgent request to; implore: beseech them for help. See Synonyms at beg.
- To request earnestly; beg for: “She unnerved him by receiving him in bed, bursting into tears, and beseeching his pardon” ( Leo Damrosch )
Origin of beseechMiddle English bisechen from Old English besēcan be- be- sēcan to seek ; see seek .
(third-person singular simple present beseeches, present participle beseeching, simple past beseeched (archaic besought), past participle beseeched or besought)
- (archaic) A request.
From Middle English besechen, bisechen, assibilated variants of Middle English beseken, from Old English *besēcan (“to seek or inquire about”), equivalent to be- + seek. Cognate with Dutch bezoeken (“to attend, see”), German besuchen (“to visit, attend, see”), Swedish besöka (“to visit, go to see”).