From Middle English soliciten, solliciten, from Old French soliciter, solliciter, from Latin sollicitāre, present active participle of sollicitō (“stir, disturb; look after”), from sollicitus (“agitated, anxious, punctilious”, literally “thoroughly moved”), from sollus (“whole, entire”) + perfect passive participle of cieō (“shake, excite, cite, to put in motion”).
- To persistently endeavor to obtain an object, or bring about an event.
- to solicit alms, or a favour
- 1717, Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard:
- I view my crime, but kindle at the view, / Repent old pleasures, and solicit new.
- Did I solicit thee From darkness to promote me?
- To woo; to court.
- To persuade or incite one to commit some act, especially illegal or sexual behavior.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 8”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- That fruit […] sollicited her longing eye.
- 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242:, Book II, Chapter 1
- Sounds and some tangible qualities fail not to solicit their proper senses, and force an entrance to the mind.
- If you want to lose your virginity, you should try to solicit some fine looking women.
- To offer to perform sexual activity, especially when for a payment.
- My girlfriend tried to solicit me for sex, but I was tired.
- To make a petition.
- (archaic) To disturb or trouble; to harass.
- To urge the claims of; to plead; to act as solicitor for or with reference to.
- (obsolete, rare) To disturb; to disquiet.
- (to persistently endeavor to obtain an object): supplicate, thig
- (to woo, court): address, romance; see also Thesaurus:woo
- (to urge the claims of): plead
- (to disturb, disquiet): worry
- solicit in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- solicit in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911