Solicit So*lic"it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Solicited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Soliciting}.] [F. sollicier, L. sollicitare, solicitare, -atum, fr. sollicitus wholly (i. e., violently) moved; sollus whole + citus, p. p. of ciere to move, excite. See {Solemn}, {Cite}.] 1. To ask from with earnestness; to make petition to; to apply to for obtaining something; as, to solicit person for alms. [1913 Webster]

Did I solicit thee From darkness to promote me? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To endeavor to obtain; to seek; to plead for; as, to solicit an office; to solicit a favor. [1913 Webster]

I view my crime, but kindle at the view, Repent old pleasures, and solicit new. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. To awake or excite to action; to rouse desire in; to summon; to appeal to; to invite. [1913 Webster]

That fruit . . . solicited her longing eye. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Sounds and some tangible qualities solicit their proper senses, and force an entrance to the mind. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

4. To urge the claims of; to plead; to act as solicitor for or with reference to. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Should My brother henceforth study to forget The vow that he hath made thee, I would ever Solicit thy deserts. --Ford. [1913 Webster]

5. To disturb; to disquiet; -- a Latinism rarely used. [1913 Webster]

Hath any ill solicited thine ears? --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

But anxious fears solicit my weak breast. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Syn. To beseech; ask; request; crave; supplicate; entreat; beg; implore; importune. See {Beseech}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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