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English Dictionary: solicit by the DICT Development Group
2 results for solicit
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently; "Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"
    Synonym(s): solicit, beg, tap
  2. make amorous advances towards; "John is courting Mary"
    Synonym(s): woo, court, romance, solicit
  3. approach with an offer of sexual favors; "he was solicited by a prostitute"; "The young man was caught soliciting in the park"
    Synonym(s): hook, solicit, accost
  4. incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination; "He was accused of soliciting his colleagues to destroy the documents"
  5. make a solicitation or petition for something desired; "She is too shy to solicit"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Solicit \So*lic"it\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Solicited}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Soliciting}.] [F. sollicier, L. sollicitare,
      solicitare, -atum, fr. sollicitus wholly (i. e., violently)
      moved; sollus whole + citus, p. p. of ciere to move, excite.
      See {Solemn}, {Cite}.]
      1. To ask from with earnestness; to make petition to; to
            apply to for obtaining something; as, to solicit person
            for alms.
                     Did I solicit thee From darkness to promote me?
      2. To endeavor to obtain; to seek; to plead for; as, to
            solicit an office; to solicit a favor.
                     I view my crime, but kindle at the view, Repent old
                     pleasures, and solicit new.               --Pope.
      3. To awake or excite to action; to rouse desire in; to
            summon; to appeal to; to invite.
                     That fruit . . . solicited her longing eye.
                     Sounds and some tangible qualities solicit their
                     proper senses, and force an entrance to the mind.
      4. To urge the claims of; to plead; to act as solicitor for
            or with reference to. [Obs.]
                     Should My brother henceforth study to forget The vow
                     that he hath made thee, I would ever Solicit thy
                     deserts.                                             --Ford.
      5. To disturb; to disquiet; -- a Latinism rarely used.
                     Hath any ill solicited thine ears?      --Chapman.
                     But anxious fears solicit my weak breast. --Dryden.
      Syn: Syn. To beseech; ask; request; crave; supplicate;
               entreat; beg; implore; importune. See {Beseech}.
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