- 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.
Origin of solicit
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Examples from the Web for solicited
There was one witness whose statement had not been solicited by the police.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
He solicited aid from many regional players, including Iran and Uzbekistan in particular but also Russia and Turkey.The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan: An Excerpt From Bruce Riedel’s ’What We Won’
July 27, 2014
Eventually a few questions were solicited from the audience and those watching the livestream online.Liberalism And Zionism (Sort Of) Debated
April 15, 2013
There is simply no reason non-Americans should be solicited for donations via email.The Illegal-Donor Loophole
Peter Schweizer, Peter J. Boyer
October 8, 2012
Letters are solicited from other scholars in the field, whose identities are kept from the professor.Crazy for Tenure
February 18, 2010
Dreading a rejection, I solicited the interest of the merry damsel.The Seven Vagabonds (From "Twice Told Tales")
It has been solicited on the gentleman's part, but none has been made.Little Dorrit
I have been solicited by many friends to become a candidate for the Legislature.The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln
She solicited me to go with her; but the education of my daughter did not permit.The Autobiography of Madame Guyon
Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Diana, the Duchess of Valentinois, solicited him by daily messages.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Henry Martyn Baird
- (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
Word Origin and History for solicited
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.