request

[ ri-kwest ]
/ rɪˈkwɛst /
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noun

verb (used with object)

Idioms

    by request, in response or accession to a request: The orchestra played numbers by request.

Origin of request

1300–50; Middle English requeste (noun) < Old French < Vulgar Latin *requaesita things asked for, noun use of neuter plural past participle of *requaerere to seek, for Latin requīrere. See require, quest
SYNONYMS FOR request
Related formsre·quest·er, nounpre·re·quest, noun, verb (used with object)un·re·quest·ed, adjective

Synonym study

7. See beg1.
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British Dictionary definitions for by request

request

/ (rɪˈkwɛst) /

verb (tr)

to express a desire for, esp politely; ask for or demandto request a bottle of wine

noun

  1. the act or an instance of requesting, esp in the form of a written statement; petition or solicitationa request for a song
  2. (as modifier)a request programme
at the request of in accordance with the specific demand or wish of (someone)
by request in accordance with someone's desire
in request in demand; popularhe is in request in concert halls all over the world
on request on the occasion of a demand or requestapplication forms are available on request
Derived Formsrequester, noun

Word Origin for request

C14: from Old French requeste, from Vulgar Latin requaerere (unattested) to seek after; see require, quest
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Idioms and Phrases with by request (1 of 2)

by request

Also, on or upon request. In response to being asked to do something. For example, The band is playing our favorite song by request. This usage replaced at request. [Late 1600s]


Idioms and Phrases with by request (2 of 2)

request

see at someone's request; by request; on request.


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