beg

beg
verb
1 I beg your pardon spoken
a) used to say sorry when you have made a mistake, or said something wrong or embarrassing: Oh, I beg your pardon. I thought you meant next Tuesday.
b) used to show that you strongly disagree with something that someone has said, or think it is unacceptable: "Chicago's an awful place." "I beg your pardon, that's where I'm from!"
c) used to ask someone to repeat what they have just said: "The meeting's on Wednesday." "I beg your pardon." "I said the meeting's on Wednesday."
2 ASK (I, T) to ask for something in an anxious or urgent way, because you want it very much: She begged and pleaded with them until they finally gave in. | beg (sb) to do sth: The children begged to come with us. | I begged Helen to stay but she wouldn't listen. | beg (sb) for sth: I'm begging you for help, Greg. | beg forgiveness/a favour/mercy etc: Can I beg a favour? | beg leave to do sth formal (=ask permission to do something)
3 MONEY/FOOD (I, T) to ask people to give you food, money etc because you are very poor: a begging letter | beg from sb: a ragged child begging from passing shoppers | beg (for) sth: They were reduced to begging food in the streets. | beg sth off sb spoken: Can I beg a cigarette off you?
4 I beg to differ spoken formal to say firmly that you do not agree with something that has been said: I must beg to differ on this point.
5 beg the question to discuss something in a way that makes it seem that a fact is definitely true when in fact it may not be: This planning proposal begs the question whether we need more sports facilities at all.
6 be going begging spoken if something is going begging, it is available for anyone who wants it: There's a bottle of wine going begging if anyone's interested.
7 DOG (I) if a dog begs, it sits up with its front legs off the ground

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • beg — [beg] v past tense and past participle begged present participle begging ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(ask)¦ 2¦(money/food)¦ 3¦(animal)¦ 4 I beg your pardon 5 I beg to differ 6 beg the question 7 be going begging 8 beg, borrow, or steal ▬▬▬▬▬ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • beg — [ beg ] verb ** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to ask for help, an opportunity, etc. in a way that shows you want it very much: Don t go! he begged. beg someone (not) to do something: She had written a letter begging him to come back. We begged… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Beg — Beg, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Begged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Begging}.] [OE. beggen, perh. fr. AS. bedecian (akin to Goth. bedagwa beggar), biddan to ask. (Cf. {Bid}, v. t.); or cf. beghard, beguin.] 1. To ask earnestly for; to entreat or supplicate for;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beg — [beg] vt. begged, begging [ME beggen < Anglo Fr begger < begart < OFr begard, religious mendicant < MDu beggaert] 1. to ask for as charity or as a gift [he begged a dime] 2. to ask for earnestly as a kindness or favor vi. 1. to ask… …   English World dictionary

  • beg — (v.) c.1200, perhaps from O.E. bedecian to beg, from P.Gmc. *beth ; or possibly from Anglo Fr. begger, from O.Fr. begart (see BEGGAR (Cf. beggar)). The O.E. word for beg was wædlian, from wædl poverty. Of trained dogs, 1816. As a courteous mode… …   Etymology dictionary

  • beg — ► VERB (begged, begging) 1) ask earnestly or humbly for something. 2) ask for food or money as charity. 3) (of a dog) sit up with the front paws raised in the hope of a reward. ● beg off Cf. ↑beg off …   English terms dictionary

  • Beg — refers to: * Begging * Beg or Baig an alternative form of the Turkic title Bey (chieftain, governor etc). It is also used by Iranian, Afghan and Pakistani people. * BEG is the IATA abbreviation for Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport * Beg , a song… …   Wikipedia

  • beg — bȅg m <N mn bègovi/bȅzi jez. knjiž.> DEFINICIJA 1. pov. a. plemićki naslov u Osmanskom Carstvu b. visoki vojni ili civilni dostojanstvenik [alajbeg; beglerbeg; sandžak beg] 2. reg. gospodin, gospodar, ugledan čovjek, dodaje se iza vlastitog …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Beg — Beg, n. [Turk. beg, pronounced bay. Cf. {Bey}, {Begum}.] A title of honor in Turkey and in some other parts of the East; a bey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beg — Beg, v. i. To ask alms or charity, especially to ask habitually by the wayside or from house to house; to live by asking alms. [1913 Webster] I can not dig; to beg I am ashamed. Luke xvi. 3. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • BEG — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. {{{image}}}   Sigles d une seule lettre   Sigles de deux lettres > Sigles de trois lettres …   Wikipédia en Français

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