- 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.
- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Wordsdesire, offer, suit, demand, application, call, invitation, inquiry, appeal, sue, solicit, apply, seek, petition, commercial, begging, supplication, entreaty, prayer, recourse
Examples from the Web for request
He no doubt had heard by then that some of the cops had ignored his request and turned their backs.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
Nickelodeon did not return a request for comment for this story.Yep, Korra and Asami Went in the Spirit Portal and Probably Kissed
December 25, 2014
Normal procedure is that any member country can request that a document be circulated, and the UN does it pro-forma.Exclusive: Sony Emails Say Studio Exec Picked Kim Jong-Un as the Villain of ‘The Interview’
December 19, 2014
The request for outpatient medical services has been reviewed and has not been certified.My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
November 24, 2014
The embassy of Burkina Faso did not respond to a request for comment regarding the filings.An African Dictatorship’s Friend in D.C.
Center for Public Integrity
November 20, 2014
The request, thus aided by flattery, was almost unanimously granted.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
This request he intended to refuse, and enjoyed in advance the humiliation of young Rushton.Brave and Bold
It was for them to consider how far they were justified in complying with his request.
He scowled upon me with a natural hate, and refused to comply with my request.
On his return he addressed, by their request, the people gathered to receive him.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
- 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
Word Origin and History for request
mid-14c., from Old French requeste (Modern French requête) "a request," from Vulgar Latin *requaesita, from Latin requisita "a thing asked for," fem. of requisitus "requested, demanded," from past participle stem of requirere (see require).
1530s, from request (n.) or from Middle French requester, from Old French requester "ask again, request, reclaim," from requeste. Related: Requested; requesting.
Idioms and Phrases with request
see at someone's request; by request; on request.