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verb beg pronunciation in British English /beɡ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebegging
past tensebegged
past participlebegged
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/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) for something: The boy was screaming and begging for mercy.
    We begged her for another chance.
    beg someone (not) to do something: She had written a letter begging him to come back.
    beg to do something: I begged to be allowed to join them.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to ask for something in a way that shows you are not proud
      Yes, I do want him to give me the job, but I refuse to beg!
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to ask people for money or food, usually because you are very poor
    homeless people begging on the streets
    beg for: The boys went from door to door begging for money.
    beg something from someone: He would beg food from other children at school.



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