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solicit

[ suh-lis-it ]
/ səˈlɪs ɪt /
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verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

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Origin of solicit

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English soliciten, from Middle French solliciter, from Latin sollicitāre “to excite, agitate,” derivative of sollicitus “troubled” (soll(us) “whole” + -i- -i- + citus, past participle of ciēre “to arouse”)

OTHER WORDS FROM solicit

pre·so·lic·it, verb (used with object)re·so·lic·it, verbsu·per·so·lic·it, verbun·so·lic·it·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for solicit

solicit
/ (səˈlɪsɪt) /

verb -its, -iting or -ited

(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

Derived forms of solicit

solicitation, noun

Word Origin for solicit

C15: from Old French solliciter to disturb, from Latin sollicitāre to harass, from sollicitus agitated, from sollus whole + citus, from ciēre to excite
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