Definitions for solicitsəˈlɪs ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

so•lic•itsəˈlɪs 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.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. (v.i.)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.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of solicit:

1400–50; late ME < MF solliciter < L sollicitāre to excite, agitate, der. of sollicitus troubled (soll(us) whole +-i- -i - +citus, ptp. of ciēre to arouse)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. solicit, beg, tap(verb)

    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"

  2. woo, court, romance, solicit(verb)

    make amorous advances towards

    "John is courting Mary"

  3. hook, solicit, accost(verb)

    approach with an offer of sexual favors

    "he was solicited by a prostitute"; "The young man was caught soliciting in the park"

  4. solicit(verb)

    incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination

    "He was accused of soliciting his colleagues to destroy the documents"

  5. solicit(verb)

    make a solicitation or petition for something desired

    "She is too shy to solicit"


  1. solicit(Verb)

    To persistently endeavor to obtain an object, or bring about an event.

  2. solicit(Verb)

    To woo; to court.

  3. solicit(Verb)

    To persuade or incite one to commit some act, especially illegal or sexual behavior.

  4. solicit(Verb)

    To offer to perform sexual activity, especially when for a payment.

  5. solicit(Verb)

    To make a petition.

  6. solicit(Verb)

    To disturb or trouble; to harass.

  7. Origin: From solliciter, from sollicitare, present active participle of sollicito, from sollicitus, from sollus + perfect passive participle of cieo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Solicit(verb)

    to ask from with earnestness; to make petition to; to apply to for obtaining something; as, to solicit person for alms

  2. Solicit(verb)

    to endeavor to obtain; to seek; to plead for; as, to solicit an office; to solicit a favor

  3. Solicit(verb)

    to awake or excite to action; to rouse desire in; to summon; to appeal to; to invite

  4. Solicit(verb)

    to urge the claims of; to plead; to act as solicitor for or with reference to

  5. Solicit(verb)

    to disturb; to disquiet; -- a Latinism rarely used

Anagrams of solicit

  1. colitis

Translations for solicit

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to ask (for)

People working for charities are permitted to solicit (money from) the public.

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