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Meaning of “beg” in the English Dictionary

"beg" in British English

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begverb

uk   us   /beɡ/ (-gg-)
B2 [I or T] to make a very ​strong and ​urgentrequest: They begged formercy. [+ speech] "Please, ​pleaseforgive me!" she begged (him). [+ obj + to infinitive ] He begged her tostay, but she ​simplylaughed and put her ​bags in the ​car.B2 [I or T] to ​ask for ​food or ​money because you are ​poor: There are more and more ​homelesspeople begging on the ​streets these ​days. She had to beg formoney and ​food for her ​children. He begged a ​loan from his ​boss. [I] If a ​dog begs, it ​sits with ​itsfrontlegs in the ​air as if to ​ask for something: They have ​trainedtheirdog to sit up and beg.I beg your pardon a ​polite way of saying "I am ​sorry" or "Could you ​repeat what you just said?" a way of ​showing that you are ​angry about something that someone has just said: I beg ​yourpardon? I ​hope you're not ​implying that I ​lied!

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(Definition of beg from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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begverb [I/T]

 us   /beɡ/ (-gg-)
to ​ask for ​money, or to ​ask someone to do something in an ​urgent way: [I] There are a lot of ​homelesspeople begging on the ​streets these ​days. [T] Is ​yourchild begging you for a ​skateboard? If a ​dog begs, it ​sits with ​itsfrontlegs in the ​air as if to ​ask for something.
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