[ suh-lis-it ]
/ səˈlɪs ɪt /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
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Origin of solicit
1400–50; late Middle English soliciten < Middle French solliciter < Latin sollicitāre to excite, agitate, derivative of sollicitus troubled (soll(us) whole + -i- -i- + citus, past participle of ciēre to arouse)
Related formspre·so·lic·it, verb (used with object)re·so·lic·it, verbsu·per·so·lic·it, verbun·so·lic·it·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for re-solicited
/ (səˈlɪsɪt) /
verb -its, -iting or -ited
(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
Derived Formssolicitation, noun
Word Origin for solicit
C15: from Old French solliciter to disturb, from Latin sollicitāre to harass, from sollicitus agitated, from sollus whole + citus, from ciēre to excite
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