• WordNet 3.6
    • v solicit make a solicitation or petition for something desired "She is too shy to solicit"
    • v solicit incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination "He was accused of soliciting his colleagues to destroy the documents"
    • v solicit approach with an offer of sexual favors "he was solicited by a prostitute","The young man was caught soliciting in the park"
    • v solicit 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"
    • v solicit make amorous advances towards "John is courting Mary"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Solicit 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?"
    • Solicit 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."
    • Solicit To disturb; to disquiet; -- a Latinism rarely used. "Hath any ill solicited thine ears?""But anxious fears solicit my weak breast."
    • Solicit 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."
    • Solicit 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • solicit To arouse or excite to action; summon; invite; tempt; allure; entice.
    • solicit In criminal law:
    • solicit To incite (another) to commit a crime.
    • solicit To entice (a man) in a public place: said of a prostitute.
    • solicit To endeavor to bias or influence by the offer of a bribe.
    • solicit To disturb; disquiet; make anxious.
    • solicit To seek to obtain; strive after, especially by pleading; ask (a thing) with some degree of earnestness or persistency: as, to solicit an office or a favor; to solicit orders.
    • solicit To petition or ask (a person) with some degree of earnestness or persistency; make petition to.
    • solicit To advocate; plead; enforce the claims of; act as solicitor or advocate for or with reference to.
    • solicit Synonyms and
    • solicit Request, Beg, etc. (see ask), press, urge, pray, plead for or with, sue for.
    • solicit To make solicitation.
    • n solicit Solicitation; request.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Solicit sō-lis′it to ask earnestly: to petition: to seek or try to obtain: to disturb
    • n Solicit solicitation
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  • Daniel Webster
    “Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

It was observed that Napoleon was always solicitous to have Josephine on his side.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
Finally she yields to his soft solicitations, and her prospects are forever blighted.
"Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations" by William Howe
The Prince of Eckmuhl solicited peace.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. II" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
Mayo shook hands with the solicitous fisherman in rather dreamy and indifferent fashion.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
The lady would probably begin by soliciting his intimacy, which on board ship he could hardly refuse.
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
A few months before he was, we have seen, soliciting the Earl for a change of employment.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Poor Garth, anxiously watching her, almost burst with suppressed solicitousness.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
Still the hour advanced, and I sent a note by her attendant, soliciting an interview.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
Remonstrance, entreaty, threats, solicitations, were equally unavailing.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Mr Barker gave Mr Montefiore a letter to Lord Dudley, soliciting the post of consul-general.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore

In poetry:

Firmly resolv'd, his pen he takes;
Solicits aid sublime:
Then crams himself into a jakes,
To try his hand at rhyme.
"The Lover" by William Hutton
Solicitous for others' ends,
Though fond of dear repose;
Careless or drowsy with my friends,
And frolic with my foes.
"Farewell to London" by Alexander Pope
And yet, with all these facts at hand,
How friends, solicitous are we,
Weaving with care the silken band
As though 'twas for eternity.
"Valedictory On Leaving San Francisco, California." by James Madison Bell
Fain would I shake thee off, but weak am I
Thy strong solicitations to withstand.
Plenty of work lies ready to my hand,
Which rests irresolute, and lets it lie.
"Indolence" by Robert Fuller Murray
If her request his ears should greet,
He finds denial vastly sweet:
For self-importance would be wanted,
Were her solicitations granted.
For power and beauty, and your shoes,
Are not to lie by, but to use.
"Reconciliation" by William Hutton
"The Court Retainers, Sir, abound;
Places for not one-third are found.
The vermin hatch, and become pests,
Sooner than we can find them nests.
Then let solicitations end--
No nest is vacant for your friend."
"Preferment" by William Hutton

In news:

Hamer, 44, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court to soliciting children for sex.
Whether you are solicited by phone, mail and email or in person, BBB suggests that you remember to ask who wants your money.
Table hosts encourage conversation and solicit prayer requests.
Bloomberg Businessweek has an interesting look inside the Obama spam factory, where a tidal wave of email solicitations for campaign donations was unleashed against anyone whose email address fell into their clutches.
When the Indy originally solicited Durham Bulls outfielder Fernando Perez to write something about a Bull's life in Durham, he said he was too busy.
Bob Bashara had been busy behind bars trying to resolve a solicitation of murder charge.
Bob Bashara pleads guilty to solicitation of murder charge.
He is accused of soliciting and receiving bribes from a health insurance broker for his influence over a no-bid school district contract.
Angela Robitaille, 35, was charged with criminal solicitation for assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Nor is it an exercise to solicit our opinion on some issue.
This person is in charge of soliciting all underwriters for KDNK.
He had been arrested more than 50 times for solicitation, and beaten up more times than he could count.
The Clallam County Sheriff's Office is advising local residents that a company is conducting an unsanctioned telephone solicitation campaign seeking donations.
The Clallam County Sheriff's Office is advising local citizens that a company is conducting an unsanctioned telephone solicitation campaign seeking donations from unsuspecting citizen.
Ex-Melissa mayor to ' vigorously fight' charge that he solicited $70,000 bribe to help broker seeking to develop land.

In science:

This is perhaps the most dominant model in the early days of Web 2.0, when sites like and Flickr were just starting, and they were all soliciting users’ profiles and social connections on their own.
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites
An arriving node is allocated neighbors among the active participating nodes10 , which accept the solicited connection unless they have already reached their maximum number of neighbors.
Subspace Properties of Network Coding and their Applications
Acknowledgements: This paper has been supported by the Polish Ministry of Scientific Research and Information Technology under the (solicited) grant No.
Quantum Game Theory in Finance
In the last few issues articles were solicited by myself.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society
Even though feedback from all the speakers in the workshop has been solicited in composing this summary, any ommisions or unnintentional unbalance is ultimately the responsability of the organizers.
Spin-Hall effect: Back to the Beginning on a Higher Level