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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 ?
These, usually to be addressed in reply under initials at a country post-office, inquire in feminine hands, Dare one who cannot disclose herself to Nicodemus Boffin, Esquire, but whose name might startle him were it revealed, solicit the immediate advance of two hundred pounds from unexpected riches exercising their noblest privilege in the trust of a common humanity?
"Be at least mine enemy!"--thus speaketh the true reverence, which doth not venture to solicit friendship.
Nor is it right for any one to solicit for a place he is desirous of; for every person, whether he chooses it or not, ought to execute any office he is fit for.
Oh, Sophia, your father hath sent me to you, to be an advocate for my odious rival, to solicit you in his favour.
As the Daughter of my most intimate freind I think you entitled to that knowledge of my unhappy story, which your Mother has so often solicited me to give you.
Therefore he had not solicited a boat's crew from them, nor had he in any way hinted his desires on that head.
Last night, on being childishly solicited for twopence, to buy 'lemon-stunners' - a local sweetmeat - he presented an oyster-knife at the twins!
Mahomet on his part was not idle; he solicited the assistance of the Mahometan princes, pressed them with all the motives of religion, and obtained a reinforcement of two thousand musketeers from the Arabs, and a train of artillery from the Turks.
He had done quite right not to trouble himself with all the political and diplomatic affairs which solicited his attention; for, in the morning, in freshness and mild twilight, his ideas developed themselves in purity and abundance.
I shall ever despise the man who can be gratified by the passion which he never wished to inspire, nor solicited the avowal of.
To have her company so warmly solicited! Everything honourable and soothing, every present enjoyment, and every future hope was contained in it; and her acceptance, with only the saving clause of Papa and Mamma's approbation, was eagerly given.
He had already bought a farm with his money, on which he had designed to pass the remainder of his life; but he bestowed the whole on his rival, together with the remains of his prize-money to purchase stock, and then himself solicited the young woman's father to consent to her marriage with her lover.