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Definition to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
  • She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked
  • She was unmoved by his entreaties.
  • entreaties = earnest requests
  • The students entreated the Chinese troops not to use force against peaceful student demonstrations.
  • entreated = asked earnestly
  • I entreat you to observe that I have come here voluntarily, in response to that written appeal of a fellow-countryman which lies before you. I demand no more than the opportunity to do so without delay. Is not that my right?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • entreat = ask
  • But the man's mind was made up, closed to all entreaties.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • entreaties = earnest requests
  • Someone who will not plead, or explain, or think he can alter my design with entreaties, because he alone really knows how I operate.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • entreaties = attempts to persuade
  • Her eyes entreated him to understand.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • entreated = asked
  • I entreated, and finally attempted to force her to retire.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • entreated = asked earnestly
  • Many of the women in the neighborhood commented on how well she kept herself and some had asked her if she would mind showing them how, though she had always taken these entreaties merely as their way of making conversation with their lone foreign-born neighbor.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • entreaties = requests
  • She wakes; and I entreated her come forth
    And bear this work of heaven with patience:
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • entreated = asked
  • Thy dukedom I resign, and do entreat
    Thou pardon me my wrongs.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • entreat = ask
  • I want your worship to take it upon yourself to redress this wrong either by entreaty or by arms;
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • entreaty = earnest request
  • Miss Dashwood, for half an hour—for ten minutes— I entreat you to stay.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • entreat = ask
  • I entreat Mr. Traddles to bear with me in entering into these details.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • entreat = ask
  • If she cannot entreat, I can compel.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • entreat = persuade
  • You — poor and obscure, and small and plain as you are — I entreat to accept me as a husband.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • entreat = ask
  • I beg and entreat of you not to do it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • entreat = attempt to persuade
  • Let me entreat you never to think of him again, my dear Catherine; indeed he is unworthy of you.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • entreat = ask earnestly
  • Therefore I have entreated him along
    With us to watch the minutes of this night;
    That, if again this apparition come
    He may approve our eyes and speak to it.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • entreated = asked
  • He placed this book in my grandmother's hands, looked at her entreatingly, and said, with an earnestness which I shall never forget, "Te-e-ach, te-e-ach my Antonia!"
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
entreatingly = in a pleading manner

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