2. To treat with, or in respect to, a thing desired; hence, to ask earnestly; to beseech; to petition or pray with urgency; to supplicate; to importune. "Entreat my wife to come." "I do entreat your patience." "I must entreat of you some of that money." (Shak) "Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door." (Poe) "Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife." (Gen. Xxv. 21)
4. To invite; to entertain. "Pleasures to entreat."
Origin: OE. Entreten to treat, request, OF. Entraiter to treat of; pref. En- (L. In) + traitier to treat. See Treat.
(01 Mar 1998)
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