From Middle French 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
- Alexander Pope
- 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.
- That fruit […] solicited her longing eye.
- Sounds and some tangible qualities 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.
- Should / My brother henceforth study to forget / The vow that he hath made thee, I would ever / Solicit thy deserts.
- (obsolete, rare) To disturb; to disquiet.
- Hath any ill solicited thine ears?
- But anxious fears solicit my weak breast.
- solicit in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- “solicit”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911