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.
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.
- pre·so·lic·it, verb (used with object)
- re·so·lic·it, verb
- su·per·so·lic·it, verb
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How to use solicit in a sentence
The nonprofit Friends of Friendship Park is soliciting ideas for a redesign of the public space along the border and hopes to put together a new vision for the park’s 50th anniversary in August.Border Report: Rethinking Public Space in Friendship Park | Maya Srikrishnan | February 1, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
This is a matter for medical experts, and I solicited advice from several.Are the coronavirus vaccines safe for someone with cancer, dementia or MS? | Judith Graham | January 31, 2021 | Washington Post
Some of the biggest YouTube stars make millions of dollars a year on the platform, but most have endorsement deals and solicit donations directly from fans in addition to taking a cut of ads.YouTube suspends Rudy Giuliani from its ad revenue sharing program | Gerrit De Vynck | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
We’re soliciting nominations for the Impact 20, a new Fortune list that recognizes venture-backed and private equity-backed companies that are doing well by doing good.
In July, for instance, Bitcoin made international headlines when hackers hijacked the Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and others to solicit crypto donations.Coinbase shuffles board ahead of rumored IPO, Marc Andreessen joins as observer | Jeff | August 31, 2020 | Fortune
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The city was divided into 10 districts, and four appointed to each district to solicit subscriptions.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
If the cake met with the critical approval of Miss Ware she intended to ask her to solicit orders for it.Those Dale Girls | Frank Weston Carruth
Everything and anything he tried, running errands, and even going with the van to solicit material for the following day's meals.The Underworld | James C. Welsh
Finding his mistake, however, he had now come to solicit the Austrian government on my account.My Ten Years' Imprisonment | Silvio Pellico
I need not attempt, like authors of a former age, to solicit a favorable criticism, from the "gentle reader."Papers from Overlook-House | Casper Almore
British Dictionary definitions for solicit
(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
- solicitation, noun
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