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entreat (verb) plead earnestly.

You entreat a person when you badly need their help and request them for it very earnestly. When a person is in great need of money, and is upset, they entreat their friends to help them. That is, they plead with their friends to help them by lending them the money. “I entreat you to help me,” is almost the same as, “I beg of you to help me.”

  • Bassanio, in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, entreated Shylock to spare the life of Antonio, and, instead, accept three times the loan amount, but Shylock insisted on having his pound of flesh from Antonio’s body.
  • Though bankrupt, Carlson did not entreat any of his friends to help him out of his debts. He would rather commit suicide than beg others for help.
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