- 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 soliciting
He is also soliciting funds for university fellowships in agronomy and engineering.Mexico’s Holy Warrior Against the Cartels
November 18, 2014
Christian conservative Sen. Larry Craig plead guilty for soliciting sex in the Minneapolis airport bathroom in 2007.‘7th Heaven’ Dad Stephen Collins and the Christian Right’s Real Morality Tale
October 8, 2014
On Twitter and in Facebook pages ISIS was making appeals as well as threats, attracting recruits and soliciting funding online.ISIS is Using Social Media to Reach YOU, Its New Audience
August 31, 2014
In soliciting funds for care packages, Move America Forward frequently uses testimonials from troops or their relatives.Exclusive: ‘Pro-Troop’ Charity Pays Off Tea Party Cronies Instead
August 5, 2014
There are adolescent boys all over America soliciting naughty pics from adolescent girls, he says.Snapchat: Naughty, Goofy, Ethereal, Permanent or All of the Above?
September 21, 2013
One was from a manufacturer of cold cream, soliciting a testimonial.The Film of Fear
The monarchs of foreign countries often wrote to him soliciting his aid.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
At dawn of day I found every person complaining, and some of them soliciting extra allowance; but I positively refused it.
Well, is that all you had to say to me in soliciting an audience?Ten Years Later
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
For this purpose Gallaudet and a few others set about soliciting contributions.The Deaf
- (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 soliciting
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.