A cat entreats its owner.
An example of entreat is when you beg your mother to let you go to a party.
- Archaic to behave toward; treat
- to ask earnestly; beg; beseech; implore
Origin of entreatMiddle English entreten, to treat, deal with, beseech from Anglo-French entretier from Old French entraiter from en-, in + traiter: see treat
- to make an earnest appeal; plead
- Obs. to speak or write (of)
verben·treat·ed, en·treat·ing, en·treats
- To make an earnest request of (someone). See Synonyms at beg.
- To ask for earnestly; petition for: “She made a hasty gesture with her hand, as if to entreat my patience and my silence” ( Charles Dickens )
- Archaic To deal with; treat.
Origin of entreatMiddle English entreten from Anglo-Norman entreter en- causative pref. ; see en- 1. treter to treat ; see treat .
- Alternative form of entreaty.
(third-person singular simple present entreats, present participle entreating, simple past and past participle entreated)
- Bible, Jer. xv. 11
- I will cause the enemy to entreat thee well.
- 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.
- To beseech or supplicate (a person); to prevail upon by prayer or solicitation; to try to persuade.
- Bible, 1 Mac. x. 47
- Alexander […] was first that entreated of true peace with them.
From Anglo-Norman entretier, from Old French entraiter, from en- + traiter.