- to seek for (something) by entreaty, earnest or respectful request, formal application, etc.: He solicited aid from the minister.
- to entreat or petition (someone or some agency): to solicit the committee for funds.
- to seek to influence or incite to action, especially unlawful or wrong action.
- to offer to have sex with in exchange for money.
- to make a petition or request, as for something desired.
- to solicit orders or trade, as for a business: No soliciting allowed in this building.
- to offer to have sex with someone in exchange for money.
Origin of solicit
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Examples from the Web for solicit
And though Wright kept a low profile for almost a year, he managed to solicit “Jane Doe” on online escort pages.The Navy ‘Hero’ Who Pimped an HIV-Positive Teen
December 11, 2014
So yes, attempting to solicit positive stories about the NYPD predictably opened the floodgates for Twitter criticism.Why Industry Hashtags #FAIL
May 5, 2014
In November 2013, the CFPB began to solicit online feedback on consumer debt collection practices.How the Government Can Avoid Another HealthCare.gov Debacle
Alexander B. Howard
November 18, 2013
Before the [Energy] department could solicit bids, it had to decide what to solicit.The Green Stimulus' Red Ink
December 3, 2012
Many leading conservative figures and intellectuals not only solicit this racism; they bond it.The Republican Party’s Race Problem and Strom Thurmond’s Legacy
Jordan Michael Smith
September 22, 2012
I was grieved to hear this, and resolved to solicit my son for him.The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete
Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
By this time our neighbors will become interested in and solicit work from us.Electricity for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
Upon this, I wrote to you, Sir, and you were so obliging as to solicit passports for me.Perils and Captivity
Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
It was the taste of his time to desire, if not solicit patronage.
Then a vessel was commissioned to Mexico with news and to solicit reinforcements.The Philippine Islands
- (when intr, foll by for) to make a request, application, or entreaty to (a person for business, support, etc)
- to accost (a person) with an offer of sexual relations in return for money
- to provoke or incite (a person) to do something wrong or illegal
Word Origin and History for solicit
early 15c., "to disturb, trouble," from Middle French soliciter (14c.), from Latin sollicitare "to disturb, rouse, trouble, harass; stimulate, provoke," from sollicitus "agitated," from sollus "whole, entire" + citus "aroused," past participle of ciere "shake, excite, set in motion" (see cite). Related: Solicited; soliciting.
Meaning "entreat, petition" is from 1520s. Meaning "to further (business affairs)" evolved mid-15c. from Middle French sense of "manage affairs." The sexual sense (often in reference to prostitutes) is attested from 1710, probably from a merger of the business sense and an earlier sense of "to court or beg the favor of" (a woman), attested from 1590s.