solicit

  • 1 solicit — so‧li‧cit [səˈlɪst] verb [transitive] 1. formal to ask someone for information or help: • She called meetings to solicit the views of her staff. 2. disapproving to ask someone for money: solicit something from somebody …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 solicit — [[t]səlɪ̱sɪt[/t]] solicits, soliciting, solicited 1) VERB If you solicit money, help, support, or an opinion from someone, you ask them for it. [FORMAL] [V n] He s already solicited their support on health care reform... [V n from n] No tuition… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 solicit — /seuh lis it/, v.t. 1. to seek for (something) by entreaty, earnest or respectful request, formal application, etc.: He solicited aid from the minister. 2. to entreat or petition (someone or some agency): to solicit the committee for funds. 3. to …

    Universalium

  • 13 solicit — verb ADVERB ▪ actively ▪ She had actively solicited funds for her election campaign. PREPOSITION ▪ for ▪ Local companies were solicited for money. ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 solicit — so|li|cit [səˈlısıt] v [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: solliciter to disturb, take charge of , from Latin sollicitare, from sollicitus; SOLICITOUS] 1.) [I usually progressive] to offer to have sex with someone in exchange for money ▪ She… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 solicit — verb 1 (I) to offer to have sex with someone in exchange for money: She was arrested for soliciting. 2 (I, T) formal to ask someone for money, help, or information: solicit sth from sb: The governor sent two officials to Mexico City to solicit… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 solicit — so|lic|it [ sə lısıt ] verb 1. ) transitive FORMAL to ask people for something such as money or support: The organization decided to solicit aid for the new campaign. time spent soliciting funds from overseas investors 2. ) intransitive or… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 solicit — [15] The ultimate source of solicit is Latin sollicitus ‘agitated’, which also gave English solicitous [16]. It was a compound adjective, formed from sollus ‘whole’ (source also of English solemn) and citus, the past participle of ciēre ‘move’… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 solicit — verb 1) Phil tried to solicit his help Syn: ask for, request, seek, apply for, put in for, call for, press for, beg, plead for See note at beg 2) they are solicited for their opinions Syn …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 solicit — v 1. ask or ask for, request, apply for, seek or seek for; solicit votes, canvass, campaign, Inf. stump; call upon, appeal to, implore, beseech, entreat, plead, beg, Brit. Inf. prig, pray, crave; petition, supplicate, obtest, adjure, conjure,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 20 solicit — /səˈlɪsət / (say suh lisuht) verb (t) 1. to seek for by entreaty, earnest or respectful request, formal application, etc.: to solicit contributions. 2. to entreat or petition (a person, etc.) for something or to do something; urge; importune. 3.… …

    Australian English dictionary