[ ri-kwest ]
/ rɪˈkwɛst /
the act of asking for something to be given or done, especially as a favor or courtesy; solicitation or petition: At his request, they left.
an instance of this: There have been many requests for the product.
a written statement of petition: If you need supplies, send in a request.
something asked for: to obtain one's request.
the state of being asked for; demand.
verb (used with object)
to ask for, especially politely or formally: He requested permission to speak.
to ask or beg; bid (usually followed by a clause or an infinitive): to request that he leave; to request to be excused.
to ask or beg (someone) to do something: He requested me to go.
by request, in response or accession to a request: The orchestra played numbers by request.
Origin of request
Related formsre·quest·er, nounpre·re·quest, noun, verb (used with object)un·re·quest·ed, adjective
7. See beg1.
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British Dictionary definitions for by request
/ (rɪˈkwɛst) /
to express a desire for, esp politely; ask for or demandto request a bottle of wine
- the act or an instance of requesting, esp in the form of a written statement; petition or solicitationa request for a song
- (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)
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)
see at someone's request; by request; on request.
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