English [ edit ]
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Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , soliciten , from solliciten Old French , soliciter , from the present active participle of solliciter Latin 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 ” ).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
solicit ( third-person singular simple present , solicits present participle , soliciting simple past and past participle ) solicited
To ( transitive ) persistently endeavor to obtain an object, or bring about an event.
to solicit alms, or a favour Synonyms: , supplicate thig , 1717 Alexander Pope, “ Eloisa to Abelard”, in The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope, volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), London: [ … ] W, for [illiam ] Bowyer Bernard Lintot, [ … ] , published 1717, : →OCLC 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 ( transitive ) woo; to court.
Synonyms: , address romance November, David Morgan, “"Piggyback"—U.S. success story”, in 1960 Trains Illustrated, page 683: American railroads are not permitted to operate long-haul road routes, but the I.C.C. decision of 1954 did permit them to solicit trailer business in, say, New York for Chicago provided the trailer was piggybacked in between.
To ( transitive ) persuade or incite one to commit some act, especially illegal or sexual behavior.
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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 ( transitive ) 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
Synonyms: , appeal request
To ( archaic , transitive ) disturb or trouble; to harass.
To ( transitive ) urge the claims of; to plead; to act as solicitor for or with reference to.
Synonym: plead , 1628 John Ford, : The Lover's Melancholy Should / My brother henceforth study to forget / The vow that he hath made thee, I would ever / Solicit thy deserts. To ( obsolete , rare , transitive ) disturb; to disquiet.
1611-1615, George Chapman, , Book XVI
Iliad Hath any ill solicited thine ears? , 1681 John Dryden, The Spanish Fryar: Or, the Double Discovery., London: [ … ] [ … ] Richard Tonson and Jacob Tonson, [ … ] , , Act I, →OCLC page 3: But anxious fears solicit my weak breast.
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Translations [ edit ]
to persistently endeavor
умолявам (bg) ( umoljavam ), измолвам (bg) ( izmolvam ) Chinese:
Mandarin: 懇求 ／ 恳求 (zh) ( kěnqiú ) Finnish:
penätä , (fi) pyytää , (fi) tavoitella (fi) Galician:
solicitar (gl) German:
anfordern , (de) bedrängen , (de) erbitten , (de) nachsuchen (de) Hungarian:
kér , (hu) kérlel , (hu) könyörög , (hu) folyamodik , (hu) esdekel (hu) Japanese:
強請る (ja) ( yusuru ) Portuguese:
solicitar (pt) Russian:
добива́ться (ru) ( dobivátʹsja ) Spanish:
solicitar (es) Turkish: ısrarla rica etmek (tr)
to offer to perform sexual activity, especially when for a payment
(obsolete, rare in English) to disturb or trouble; to harass
Further reading [ edit ]
solicit”, in , Springfield, Mass.: Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary G. & C. Merriam, 1913, . →OCLC “ solicit”, in , New York, N.Y.: The Century Dictionary [ … ] The Century Co., 1911, . →OCLC
( archaic ) solicitation
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