Solicit

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Solicit \So*lic"it\, verb (used with an object) [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? --Milton.

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. --Milton.

Sounds and some tangible qualities solicit their proper senses, and force an entrance to the mind. --Locke.

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}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

solicit

verb

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" [syn: {solicit}, {beg}, {tap}]

2: make amorous advances towards; "John is courting Mary" [syn: {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" [syn: {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"


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