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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 homeless people begging on the streets these days. [T] Is your child begging you for a skateboard?
If a dog begs, it sits with its front legs in the air as if to ask for something.
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begverb

uk   /beɡ/ us   /beɡ/ -gg-
B2 [I or T] to make a very strong and urgent request: They begged for mercy. [+ speech] "Please, please forgive me!" she begged (him). [+ obj + to infinitive ] He begged her to stay, but she simply laughed 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 homeless people begging on the streets these days. She had to beg for money and food for her children. He begged a loan from his boss.
[I] If a dog begs, it sits with its front legs in the air as if to ask for something: They have trained their dog 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 your pardon? I hope you're not implying that I lied!

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