verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- solicitor general,
Origin of solicit
Examples from the Web for soliciting
He is also soliciting funds for university fellowships in agronomy and engineering.
Christian conservative Sen. Larry Craig plead guilty for soliciting sex in the Minneapolis airport bathroom in 2007.‘7th Heaven’ Dad Stephen Collins and the Christian Right’s Real Morality Tale|Amanda Marcotte|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On Twitter and in Facebook pages ISIS was making appeals as well as threats, attracting recruits and soliciting funding online.ISIS is Using Social Media to Reach YOU, Its New Audience|Jacob Siegel|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In soliciting funds for care packages, Move America Forward frequently uses testimonials from troops or their relatives.Exclusive: ‘Pro-Troop’ Charity Pays Off Tea Party Cronies Instead|Kim Barker|August 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are adolescent boys all over America soliciting naughty pics from adolescent girls, he says.Snapchat: Naughty, Goofy, Ethereal, Permanent or All of the Above?|Winston Ross|September 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Dunning—Soliciting or urgently pressing the payment of a debt.
My soliciting season is come, and will last as long as the session.The Journal to Stella|Jonathan Swift
Sir—I have received your letter of 6th inst., soliciting a contribution in behalf of the funds of ——.The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 6|Various
Soliciting your continued patronage, I remain, yours respectively.Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks|Charles Felton Pidgin
One was from a manufacturer of cold cream, soliciting a testimonial.The Film of Fear|Arnold Fredericks
verb -its, -iting or -ited
Word Origin 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.