What does solicit mean?

Definitions for solicitsəˈlɪs ɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word solicit.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Solicit

    sō-lis′it, v.t. to ask earnestly: to petition: to seek or try to obtain: to disturb.—n. solicitation.—ns. Solic′itant, one who solicits; Solicitā′tion, a soliciting: earnest request: invitation; Solic′iting (Shak.), solicitation; Solic′itor, one who asks earnestly: one who is legally qualified to act for another in a court of law, esp. a court of equity: a lawyer who prepares deeds, manages cases, instructs counsel in the superior courts, and acts as an advocate in the inferior courts; Solic′itor-gen′eral, in England, the law-officer of the crown next in rank to the attorney-general—in Scotland, to the lord-advocate; Solic′itorship.—adj. Solic′itous, soliciting or earnestly asking or desiring: very desirous: anxious: careful.—adv. Solic′itously.—ns. Solic′itousness, Solic′itude, state of being solicitous: anxiety or uneasiness of mind: trouble. [Fr. solliciter—L. sollicitāresollicitussollus, whole, citus, aroused—ciēre, to cite.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of solicit in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of solicit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Deane Jordan:

    Chain letters are not illegal. What is illegal is to threaten lives in such letters or solicit money.

  2. Mark Whitworth:

    We are going to solicit universities and research institutes to conduct studies, and we are going to make the property available to them.

  3. Lindsey Graham:

    I know Mr. Trump is reaching out to many people, throughout the party and the country, to solicit their advice and opinions. I believe this is a wise move on his part.

  4. Mark Warner:

    If he doesn't do that, then I think it's going to be very difficult to solicit a lot of support from Democrats ... in terms of whoever the President picks to be a permanent FBI director.

  5. School Superintendent Manny Caulk:

    We’ve already received suggestions of Thoroughbreds or Racers as possible alternatives, and we will solicit additional ideas from our students before they choose a horse-themed mascot grounded in the land’s equestrian heritage.

Images & Illustrations of solicit

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Translations for solicit

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • den Hof machen, bedrängen, anstiften, stören, anfordern, erbitten, beschwatzen, belästigen, nachsuchen, werben, überredenGerman
  • solicitarSpanish
  • mengumpulkanIndonesian
  • nagabywaćPolish
  • solicitarPortuguese
  • ходатайствовать, приставить, обращаться, домогаться, досаждать, ухаживать, навязываться, петиция, добиватьсяRussian
  • uppvaktaSwedish
  • கோரTamil

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