verb Etymology: Middle English, to disturb, promote, from Anglo-French solliciter, from Latin sollicitare to disturb, from sollicitus anxious, from sollus whole (from Oscan; akin to Greek holos whole) + citus, past participle of ciēre to move — more at safe, -kinesis Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to make petition to ; entreat b. to approach with a request or plea <
solicited Congress for funding
2. to urge (as one's cause) strongly 3. a. to entice or lure especially into evil b. to proposition (someone) especially as or in the character of a prostitute 4. to try to obtain by usually urgent requests or pleas <
solicited donations
intransitive verb 1. to make solicitation ; importune 2. of a prostitute to offer to have sexual relations with someone for money Synonyms: see ask

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • solicit — so·lic·it /sə li sət/ vt 1: to make petition to solicit the court 2: to ask, induce, advise, or command (a person) to do something and esp. to commit a crime compare coerce, importune …   Law dictionary

  • solicit — [sə lis′it] vt. [ME soliciten < MFr solliciter < L sollicitare < sollicitus: see SOLICITOUS] 1. to ask or seek earnestly or pleadingly; appeal to or for [to solicit aid, to solicit members for donations] 2. to tempt or entice (someone)… …   English World dictionary

  • solicit — (v.) early 15c., to disturb, trouble, from M.Fr. soliciter, from L. solicitare to disturb, rouse, from sollicitus agitated, from sollus whole, entire + citus aroused, pp. of ciere shake, excite, set in motion (see CITE (Cf. cite)). Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • solicit — 1 *ask, request Analogous words: *resort, refer, apply, go, turn: *beg, entreat, beseech, implore, supplicate 2 *invite, bid, court, woo Analogous words: importune, adjure (see BEG): * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • solicit — [v] plead for; try to sell accost, apply, approach, ask, beg, beseech, bespeak, bum, cadge, call, canvass, challenge, claim, come on to*, crave, demand, desire, drum*, drum up*, entreat, exact, go, hawk, hit on*, hit up*, hustle, implore,… …   New thesaurus

  • solicit — ► VERB (solicited, soliciting) 1) ask for or try to obtain (something) from someone. 2) ask for something from. 3) accost someone and offer one s or someone else s services as a prostitute. DERIVATIVES solicitation noun. ORI …   English terms dictionary

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  • solicit — UK [səˈlɪsɪt] / US verb Word forms solicit : present tense I/you/we/they solicit he/she/it solicits present participle soliciting past tense solicited past participle solicited 1) [transitive] formal to ask someone for something such as money or… …   English dictionary

  • solicit — so•lic•it [[t]səˈlɪs ɪt[/t]] v. t. 1) to try to obtain by earnest plea or application: to solicit aid[/ex] 2) to entreat; petition: to solicit the committee for funds[/ex] 3) to seek to influence or incite to action, esp. unlawful or wrong action …   From formal English to slang

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