American English

Definition of solicit verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they solicit
    he / she / it solicits
    past simple solicited
    -ing form soliciting
    jump to other results
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] (formal) to ask someone for something, such as support, money, or information; to try to get something or persuade someone to do something solicit something (from somebody) They were planning to solicit funds from a number of organizations. They send representatives abroad to solicit business. solicit somebody (for something) Historians and critics are solicited for their opinions. solicit (for something) to solicit for money solicit somebody to do something Volunteers are being solicited to assist with the project.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] solicit (somebody) (of a prostitute) to offer to have sex with people in return for money Prostitutes solicited openly in the streets. the crime of soliciting
jump to other results
noun [uncountable, countable] the solicitation of money for election funds
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: solicit