1. To treat, or conduct toward; to deal with; to use. "Fairly let her be entreated." (Shak) "I will cause the enemy to entreat thee well." (Jer. Xv. 11)

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)

3. To beseech or supplicate successfully; to prevail upon by prayer or solicitation; to persuade. "It were a fruitless attempt to appease a power whom no prayers could entreat." (Rogers)

4. To invite; to entertain. "Pleasures to entreat."

Synonyms: To beseech, beg, solicit, crave, implore, supplicate. See Beseech.

Origin: OE. Entreten to treat, request, OF. Entraiter to treat of; pref. En- (L. In) + traitier to treat. See Treat.

(01 Mar 1998)