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so·lic·it

 (sə-lĭs′ĭt)
v. so·lic·it·ed, so·lic·it·ing, so·lic·its
v.tr.
1. To seek to obtain by persuasion, entreaty, or formal application: a candidate who solicited votes among the factory workers.
2. To petition persistently; importune: solicited the neighbors for donations.
3. To commit the criminal offense of enticing or inciting (another) to commit an illegal act.
4. To approach or accost (a person) with an offer of sex in exchange for payment.
v.intr.
1. To make solicitation or petition for something desired.
2. To approach or accost someone with an offer of sex in exchange for payment.

[Middle English soliciten, to disturb, from Old French solliciter, from Latin sollicitāre, from sollicitus, troubled; see solicitous.]

so·lic′i·ta′tion n.

solicit

(səˈlɪsɪt)
vb, -its, -iting or -ited
1. (when: intr, foll by for) to make a request, application, or entreaty to (a person for business, support, etc)
2. to accost (a person) with an offer of sexual relations in return for money
3. to provoke or incite (a person) to do something wrong or illegal
[C15: from Old French solliciter to disturb, from Latin sollicitāre to harass, from sollicitus agitated, from sollus whole + citus, from ciēre to excite]
soˌliciˈtation n

so•lic•it

(səˈlɪs ɪt)

v.t.
1. to try to obtain by earnest plea or application: to solicit aid.
2. to entreat; petition: to solicit the committee for funds.
3. to seek to influence or incite to action, esp. unlawful or wrong action.
4. to offer to have sex with in exchange for money.
v.i.
5. to make a petition or request for something desired.
6. to solicit orders or trade: No soliciting allowed in this building.
7. to offer to have sex for money.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French solliciter < Latin sollicitāre to excite, agitate, derivative of sollicitus troubled (soll(us) whole + -i- -i- + citus, past participle of ciēre to arouse)]

solicit


Past participle: solicited
Gerund: soliciting

Imperative
solicit
solicit
Present
I solicit
you solicit
he/she/it solicits
we solicit
you solicit
they solicit
Preterite
I solicited
you solicited
he/she/it solicited
we solicited
you solicited
they solicited
Present Continuous
I am soliciting
you are soliciting
he/she/it is soliciting
we are soliciting
you are soliciting
they are soliciting
Present Perfect
I have solicited
you have solicited
he/she/it has solicited
we have solicited
you have solicited
they have solicited
Past Continuous
I was soliciting
you were soliciting
he/she/it was soliciting
we were soliciting
you were soliciting
they were soliciting
Past Perfect
I had solicited
you had solicited
he/she/it had solicited
we had solicited
you had solicited
they had solicited
Future
I will solicit
you will solicit
he/she/it will solicit
we will solicit
you will solicit
they will solicit
Future Perfect
I will have solicited
you will have solicited
he/she/it will have solicited
we will have solicited
you will have solicited
they will have solicited
Future Continuous
I will be soliciting
you will be soliciting
he/she/it will be soliciting
we will be soliciting
you will be soliciting
they will be soliciting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been soliciting
you have been soliciting
he/she/it has been soliciting
we have been soliciting
you have been soliciting
they have been soliciting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been soliciting
you will have been soliciting
he/she/it will have been soliciting
we will have been soliciting
you will have been soliciting
they will have been soliciting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been soliciting
you had been soliciting
he/she/it had been soliciting
we had been soliciting
you had been soliciting
they had been soliciting
Conditional
I would solicit
you would solicit
he/she/it would solicit
we would solicit
you would solicit
they would solicit
Past Conditional
I would have solicited
you would have solicited
he/she/it would have solicited
we would have solicited
you would have solicited
they would have solicited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.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"
call for, request, bespeak, quest - express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
quest - seek alms, as for religious purposes
canvas, canvass - solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
buttonhole, lobby - detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors
2.solicit - make amorous advances towards; "John is courting Mary"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
chase after, chase - pursue someone sexually or romantically
display - attract attention by displaying some body part or posing; of animals
3.solicit - approach with an offer of sexual favorssolicit - approach with an offer of sexual favors; "he was solicited by a prostitute"; "The young man was caught soliciting in the park"
snare, hook - entice and trap; "The car salesman had snared three potential customers"
offer - make available or accessible, provide or furnish; "The conference center offers a health spa"; "The hotel offers private meeting rooms"
4.solicit - incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination; "He was accused of soliciting his colleagues to destroy the documents"
cause, induce, stimulate, make, get, have - cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"
5.solicit - make a solicitation or petition for something desired; "She is too shy to solicit"
ask - make a request or demand for something to somebody; "She asked him for a loan"

solicit

verb
1. (Formal) request, seek, ask for, petition, crave, pray for, plead for, canvass, beg for He's already solicited their support on health care reform.
2. (Formal) appeal to, ask, call on, lobby, press, beg, petition, plead with, implore, beseech, entreat, importune, supplicate They were soliciting Nader's supporters to re-register as Republicans.
3. work as a prostitute, tout for business, make sexual advances, engage in prostitution Prostitutes were forbidden to solicit on public roads and in public places.

solicit

verb
1. To endeavor to obtain (something) by expressing one's needs or desires:
ask (for), request, seek.
2. To trouble persistently from or as if from all sides:
Translations
يلْتَمِس، يَطْلُب
vybíratžádat
bede om
nyomatékosan kér
fara fram á
lūgt

solicit

[səˈlɪsɪt]
A. VT (= request) → solicitar; (= demand) → exigir; (= beg for) → pedir
to solicit sb for sth; solicit sth of sbsolicitar algo a algn
B. VI [prostitute] → ejercer la prostitución abordando a clientes

solicit

[səˈlɪsɪt]
vt (= request) [+ aid, help, support, funds] → solliciter
vi [prostitute] → racoler

solicit

vt support, money, donationserbitten, bitten um; personanflehen, inständig bitten; business, sympathywerben um; news, advice, helpbitten um; (prostitute) customersansprechen; to solicit somebody for sex (prostitute) → jdm Sex anbieten; to solicit somebody for somethingjdn um etw bitten, etw von jdm erbitten; to solicit customum Kunden werben
vi (prostitute) → Kunden anwerben, zur Unzucht auffordern (form)

solicit

[səˈlɪsɪt]
1. vt (frm) (request) → richiedere, sollecitare
2. vi (prostitute) → adescare

solicit

(səˈlisit) verb
to ask (for). People working for charities are permitted to solicit (money from) the public.
soˈlicitor noun
a lawyer who prepares legal documents and briefs, gives legal advice, and (in the lower courts only) speaks on behalf of his clients.
References in classic literature ?
Pyncheon's property--to be measured by miles, not acres--would be worth an earldom, and would reasonably entitle him to solicit, or enable him to purchase, that elevated dignity from the British monarch.
One grisly old wolf-dog alone, with the liberty of an indulged favourite, had planted himself close by the chair of state, and occasionally ventured to solicit notice by putting his large hairy head upon his master's knee, or pushing his nose into his hand.
Some will bribe, beg, solicit, rise early, entreat, persist, without attaining the object of their suit; while another comes, and without knowing why or wherefore, finds himself invested with the place or office so many have sued for; and here it is that the common saying, 'There is good luck as well as bad luck in suits,' applies.
They solicit the attention of those only, who add to a sincere zeal for the happiness of their country, a temper favorable to a just estimate of the means of promoting it.
Our best-born and richest gentlemen sometimes solicit it without being able to obtain it.
I could scarcely walk when my mother, who was called Vasiliki, which means royal," said the young girl, tossing her head proudly, "took me by the hand, and after putting in our purse all the money we possessed, we went out, both covered with veils, to solicit alms for the prisoners, saying, `He who giveth to the poor lendeth to the Lord.
Will you remember us to him and ask him to solicit for me the same favor that he will have obtained?
And now, venerable chair, I have a favor to solicit.
This, as your majesty is aware, is now hanging on a tree here at Colchis; and I humbly solicit your gracious leave to take it away.
One of her admirers, however, persevered so far as to solicit her hand: the denial was mild, but resolute; like most young men who think their happiness dependent on a lady's smile, he wished to know if he had a successful rival.
Hitherto, it had been held a point of honour by the families in Grimworth parish, to buy their sugar and their flannel at the shop where their fathers and mothers had bought before them; but, if newcomers were to bring in the system of neck- and-neck trading, and solicit feminine eyes by gown-pieces laid in fan-like folds, and surmounted by artificial flowers, giving them a factitious charm (for on what human figure would a gown sit like a fan, or what female head was like a bunch of China-asters?
I had determined not to communicate my design of withdrawing from the vessel to any of my shipmates, and least of all to solicit any one to accompany me in my flight.