2. To ask for as a charity, esp. to ask for habitually or from house to house.
Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Ps. xxxvii. 25.
3. To make petition to; to entreat; as, to beg a person to grant a favor.
4. To take for granted; to assume without proof.
5. (Old Law) To ask to be appointed guardian for, or to ask to have a guardian appointed for.
Else some will beg thee, in the court of wards.
Hence: To beg (one) for a fool, to take him for a fool.
I beg to, is an elliptical expression for I beg leave to; as, I beg to inform you. To beg the question,
to assume that which was to be proved in a discussion, instead of adducing the proof or sustaining the
point by argument. To go a-begging, a figurative phrase to express the absence of demand for
something which elsewhere brings a price; as, grapes are so plentiful there that they go a- begging.
Syn. To Beg, Ask, Request. To ask (not in the sense of inquiring) is the generic term which embraces
all these words. To request is only a polite mode of asking. To beg, in its original sense, was to ask
with earnestness, and implied submission, or at least deference. At present, however, in polite life, beg
has dropped its original meaning, and has taken the place of both ask and request, on the ground of
its expressing more of deference and respect. Thus, we beg a person's acceptance of a present; we
beg him to favor us with his company; a tradesman begs to announce the arrival of new goods, etc.
Crabb remarks that, according to present usage, "we can never talk of asking a person's acceptance
of a thing, or of asking him to do us a favor." This can be more truly said of usage in England than in
(Beg), v. i. To ask alms or charity, especially to ask habitually by the wayside or from house to
house; to live by asking alms.
I can not dig; to beg I am ashamed.
Luke xvi. 3.
(||Be"ga) n. See Bigha.
(Be*gem") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Begemmed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Begemming.] To adorn with
gems, or as with gems.
Begemmed with dewdrops.
Sir W. Scott.
Those lonely realms bright garden isles begem.
(Be*get") v. t. [imp. Begot (Archaic) Begat ; p. p. Begot, Begotten ; p. pr. & vb. n. Begetting.]
[OE. bigiten, bigeten, to get, beget, AS. begitan to get; pref. be- + gitan. See Get, v. t. ]
1. To procreate, as a father or sire; to generate; commonly said of the father.
Yet they a beauteous offspring shall beget.
2. To get (with child.) [Obs.] Shak.
3. To produce as an effect; to cause to exist.
Love is begot by fancy.
(Be*get"ter) n. One who begets; a father.
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