beg [beg] v past tense and past participle begged present participle begging
4 I beg your pardon
5 I beg to differ
6 beg the question
7 be going begging
8 beg, borrow, or steal
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: Probably from Old English bedecian]
1.) ¦(ASK)¦ [I and T]
to ask for something in an anxious or urgent way, because you want it very much
She begged and pleaded with them until they finally agreed.
She fought back the sudden urge to run to him and beg his forgiveness.
beg to do sth
The children begged to come with us.
beg sb to do sth
I begged Helen to stay, but she wouldn't listen.
beg (sb) for sth
She ran to the nearest house and begged for help.
We could hear the prisoners begging for mercy .
I beg of you
formal (=please)
Listen, I beg of you.
beg leave to do sth
formal (=ask permission to do something)
2.) ¦(MONEY/FOOD)¦ [I and T]
to ask people to give you food, money etc, usually because you are very poor
beg (sth) from sb
a ragged child begging from passing shoppers
beg for
The old man went from door to door begging for food.
a begging letter (=a letter asking for money)
3.) ¦(ANIMAL)¦
if a dog begs, it sits up with its front legs off the ground
4.) I beg your pardon[i]spoken
a) used to ask someone to repeat what they have just said
'The meeting's on Wednesday.' 'I beg your pardon?' 'I said the meeting's on Wednesday.'
b) used to say sorry when you have made a mistake, or said something wrong or embarrassing
Oh, I beg your pardon. I thought you said 15 pence, not 50.
see usage noteexcuse1
c) used to show that you strongly disagree with something that someone has said, or think it is unacceptable
'Chicago's an awful place.' 'I beg your pardon, that's where I'm from!'
5.) I beg to differ
spoken formal used to say firmly that you do not agree with something that has been said
I must beg to differ on this point.
6.) beg the question
a) to make you want to ask a question that has not yet been answered
beg the question of
This proposal begs the question of who is going to pay for the new building.
b) to treat an idea as though it were true or had been proved, when this may not be the case
7.) be going begging
BrE spoken if something is going begging, it is available for anyone who wants it
There's a beer going begging if anyone's interested.
8.) beg, borrow, or steal
to do whatever you must in order to get what you want - often used humorously
She'd beg, borrow, or steal the money for those shoes.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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  • beg — [beg] vt. begged, begging [ME beggen < Anglo Fr begger < begart < OFr begard, religious mendicant < MDu beggaert] 1. to ask for as charity or as a gift [he begged a dime] 2. to ask for earnestly as a kindness or favor vi. 1. to ask… …   English World dictionary

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  • Beg — Beg, n. [Turk. beg, pronounced bay. Cf. {Bey}, {Begum}.] A title of honor in Turkey and in some other parts of the East; a bey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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