verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of solicit
Examples from the Web for solicit
And though Wright kept a low profile for almost a year, he managed to solicit “Jane Doe” on online escort pages.
So yes, attempting to solicit positive stories about the NYPD predictably opened the floodgates for Twitter criticism.
In November 2013, the CFPB began to solicit online feedback on consumer debt collection practices.How the Government Can Avoid Another HealthCare.gov Debacle|Alexander B. Howard|November 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Before the [Energy] department could solicit bids, it had to decide what to solicit.
Many leading conservative figures and intellectuals not only solicit this racism; they bond it.The Republican Party’s Race Problem and Strom Thurmond’s Legacy|Jordan Michael Smith|September 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
One very worthy citizen of Kentucky did solicit me to have the augmenting of the force suspended for a time.The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Jefferson Davis
They are not sent out to answer inquiries, but to solicit new customers and to keep old ones.Business English|Rose Buhlig
Meanwhile, Fido gambolled up to the cottage dame, and begged before her as if to solicit her good-will.Baron Bruno|Louisa Morgan
Early in 1781, he was sent on a special mission to France to solicit a loan of money and to procure arms.Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3.|Benson J. Lossing
Long and repeatedly did Nelson solicit troops to effect the reduction of this important place.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson|Robert Southey
British Dictionary definitions for solicit
verb -its, -iting or -ited
Word Origin for solicit
Word Origin and History for solicit
early 15c., "to disturb, trouble," from Middle French soliciter (14c.), from Latin sollicitare "to disturb, rouse, trouble, harass; stimulate, provoke," from sollicitus "agitated," from sollus "whole, entire" + citus "aroused," past participle of ciere "shake, excite, set in motion" (see cite). Related: Solicited; soliciting.
Meaning "entreat, petition" is from 1520s. Meaning "to further (business affairs)" evolved mid-15c. from Middle French sense of "manage affairs." The sexual sense (often in reference to prostitutes) is attested from 1710, probably from a merger of the business sense and an earlier sense of "to court or beg the favor of" (a woman), attested from 1590s.