—v.t. 1. to ask for as a gift, as charity, or as a favor: to beg alms; to beg forgiveness. 2. to ask (someone) to give or do something; implore: He begged me for mercy. Sit down, I beg you. 3. to take for granted without basis or justification: a statement that begs the very point we're disputing. 4. to fail or refuse to come to grips with; avoid; evade: a report that consistently begs the whole problem.
—v.i. 1. to ask alms or charity; live by asking alms.
2. to ask humbly or earnestly: begging for help; begging to differ. 3. (of a dog) to sit up, as trained, in a posture of entreaty.
4. beg off,to request or obtain release from an obligation, promise, etc.: He had promised to drive us to the recital but begged off at the last minute. 5. beg the question, to assume the truth of the very point raised in a question.
6. go begging, to remain open or available, as a position that is unfilled or an unsold item: The job went begging for lack of qualified applicants.