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entreat (one) to (do something)

To beg or plead with someone to do something. When the babysitter suddenly canceled, my parents entreated me to stay home with my siblings instead of going out with my friends.
See also: entreat, to
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entreat someone to do something

to beg someone to do something. They entreated us to come back as soon as we could. I entreat you to think it over again.
See also: entreat, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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On Wednesday it boasted as well two remarkable soloists, alto Alexandra Gibson and tenor Benjamin Hulett, warm, entreating and ardent in totally idiomatic style.
Yet, during that period, "Go Racing representatives received a number of calls from the RCA's advisers entreating Go Racing to amend its bid".
In a space rimmed by spindly tree trunks (designed, as were the simple costumes, by Duato), the couples seemed to be entreating new life from one another and from the ground.
A baby boomer, at 18 she married Gary "Chicken" Hirsh, the long-haired drummer of the 1960s rock band, Country Joe and the Fish, perhaps best remembered for entreating 400,000 attendees at Woodstock to help it spell out the king of four-letter words during a performance.
The legal formula books for use in breach of promise suits in colonial Mexico characterize courtship by the sketchy formulaic expression "He approached me and wooed me with gallantry" ["me trato y requirio de amores"].(13) The language of "tratar" suggests an initial approach, which is rejected, followed by an insistent persuading "requerir." Lawyers in Mexican church court pleas sometimes employed a set of related terms, "instanciar" and "suplicar." "Instanciar," meant prosecution or process of a suit or the first place in a judicial appeal, a slightly more formal rendition of "tratar." Like "requerir," "suplicar" means entreating, pleading (to a superior) and in legal pleas, an appeal of an earlier decision.
'I am, by this letter, entreating all Constituency Chairmen and their assigns not to attend such illegal meeting, which will amount to gross insubordination towards my authority, as your elected Regional Chairman.'
Fines of pounds 100 a rebeing talked about, while the travel companies are entreating us to book early and not only avoid disappointment but save a few bob.
My best guess, though, is that it's mainly entreating. There's a story in this picture, as there is in each one and in the group as a whole, but because of Baran's ambiguous position both inside the story and out, at an angle to the image and yet facing it straight on, it's partly a story about not being able to pin down just what the story really is.
Clad simply in white, they return again and again to the floor, curling over, vulnerable, into fetal position, or rise in relieve, arms outstretched, entreating. At the end, they slowly move upstage as one, then turn to face us before diving forward in canon to rest like scattered crosses on the floor.