[ ri-kwest ]
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  1. 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.

  2. an instance of this: There have been many requests for the product.

  1. a written statement of petition: If you need supplies, send in a request.

  2. something asked for: to obtain one's request.

  3. the state of being asked for; demand.

verb (used with object)
  1. to ask for, especially politely or formally: He requested permission to speak.

  2. to ask or beg; bid (usually followed by a clause or an infinitive): to request that he leave;to request to be excused.

  1. to ask or beg (someone) to do something: He requested me to go.

Idioms about request

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

Origin of request

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English requeste (noun), from Old French, from Vulgar Latin requaesita (unrecorded) “things asked for,” noun use of neuter plural past participle of requaerere (unrecorded) “to seek” (literary Latin requīrere require )

synonym study For request

7. See beg1.

Other words for request

Other words from request

  • re·quest·er, noun
  • pre·re·quest, noun, verb (used with object)
  • un·re·quest·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use request in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for request


/ (rɪˈkwɛst) /

  1. to express a desire for, esp politely; ask for or demand: to request a bottle of wine

    • the act or an instance of requesting, esp in the form of a written statement; petition or solicitation: a request for a song

    • (as modifier): a request programme

  1. at the request of in accordance with the specific demand or wish of (someone)

  1. by request in accordance with someone's desire

  2. in request in demand; popular: he is in request in concert halls all over the world

  3. on request on the occasion of a demand or request: application forms are available on request

Origin of request

C14: from Old French requeste, from Vulgar Latin requaerere (unattested) to seek after; see require, quest

Derived forms of request

  • requester, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with request


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

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