Beggar Beg"gar, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beggared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Beggaring}.] 1. To reduce to beggary; to impoverish; as, he had beggared himself. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To cause to seem very poor and inadequate. [1913 Webster]

It beggared all description. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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