Definitions for: Solicit


[v] make a solicitation or petition for something desired; "She is too shy to solicit"
[v] incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination; "He was accused of soliciting his colleagues to destroy the documents"
[v] approach with an offer of sexual favors; "he was solicited by a prostitute"; "The young man was caught soliciting in the park"
[v] make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently; "Henry IV solcited the Pope for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"
[v] make amorous advances towards; "John is courting Mary"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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?
--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.

Synonyms: accost, beg, court, romance, tap, woo

See Also: act, ask, bespeak, buttonhole, call for, canvas, canvass, cause, chase, chase after, display, get, have, induce, lobby, make, move, offer, quest, request, stimulate

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