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Definition of beggar verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



beggar somebody/something/yourselfVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they beggar
he / she / it beggars
past simple beggared
-ing form beggaring
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  • to make someone or something very poor Why should I beggar myself for you?
  • Idioms
    beggar belief/description
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    to be too extreme, shocking, etc. to believe/describe It beggars belief how things could have gotten this bad.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: beggar