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verb     beg pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebegging
past tensebegged
past participlebegged
  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
    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.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] if a dog begs, it sits and holds up its two front feet as a way of asking for food
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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