a simple past tense and past participle of beseech.
to implore urgently:
They besought him to go at once.
to beg eagerly for; solicit.
to make urgent appeal:
Earnestly did I beseech, but to no avail.
Mr. Clay went to him and besought him to withdraw the motion; but in vain.
Thirty Years’ View (Vol. I of 2) Thomas Hart Benton
She had re-appeared; it was she herself who now sobbed and besought him to be tender and merciful.
The Dream Emile Zola
And Simon’s wife’s mother was holden with a great fever; and they besought him for her.
His Life William E. Barton, Theodore G. Soares, Sydney Strong
He snatched my hand, and besought me not to leave him in displeasure.
Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
The third foreman I besought was an elderly German with a paternal manner.
The Long Day Dorothy Richardson
Soon it was I who besought the Count to fly—to leave me—to see me no more.
The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851 Various
Gabriele went up to her mother, and besought her to notice how well Louise looked, and the rose, how becoming it was to her!
The Home Fredrika Bremer
Labordette called her a goose and besought her to be silent.
Nana, The Miller’s Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille Emile Zola
She denounced the Countess to my face, and besought my mother to omit the Sempachs from her list of acquaintances.
The King’s Mirror Anthony Hope
Upon those grounds she besought me to forgive him and let him go.
Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
the past tense and past participle of beseech
verb -seeches, -seeching, -sought, -seeched
(transitive) to ask (someone) earnestly (to do something or for something); beg
Middle English besohte, past tense and past participle of beseech.
late 12c., bisecen “to beseech, beg urgently,” from be- + Middle English secen “to seek” (see seek). German cognate besuchen is merely “to visit.” Related: Besought; beseeching.
- Be sought after
to go in search or quest of: to seek the truth. to try to find or discover by searching or questioning: to seek the solution to a problem. to try to obtain: to seek fame. to try or attempt (usually followed by an infinitive): to seek to convince a person. to go to: to seek […]
simple past tense of bespeak. to ask for in advance: to bespeak the reader’s patience. to reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for: to bespeak a seat in a theater. Literary. to speak to; address. to show; indicate: This bespeaks a kindly heart. Obsolete. to foretell; forebode. Historical Examples These two smiled on him […]
to cover or adorn with or as if with spangles; make sparkle brilliantly: grass bespangled with dewdrops; poetry bespangled with vivid imagery. verb (transitive) to cover or adorn with or as if with spangles v. 1610s, from be- + spangle. Related: Bespangled; bespangling.
to soil by spattering; splash with water, dirt, etc. to slander or libel: a reputation bespattered by malicious gossip. Historical Examples This is the nameless refuse which flings itself to bespatter Masonry. Devil-Worship in France Arthur Edward Waite The mosquitoes 412 trouble me so much that in driving them away I bespatter my paper with […]