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Definition of solicit verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    solicit

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//səˈlɪsɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈlɪsɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they solicit
    BrE BrE//səˈlɪsɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈlɪsɪt//
     
    he / she / it solicits
    BrE BrE//səˈlɪsɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈlɪsɪts//
     
    past simple solicited
    BrE BrE//səˈlɪsɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈlɪsɪtɪd//
     
    past participle solicited
    BrE BrE//səˈlɪsɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈlɪsɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form soliciting
    BrE BrE//səˈlɪsɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈlɪsɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] (formal) to ask somebody for something, such as support, money or information; to try to get something or persuade somebody 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
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French solliciter, from Latin sollicitare ‘agitate’, from sollicitus ‘anxious’, from sollus ‘entire’ + citus (past participle of ciere ‘set in motion’).Extra examples She had actively solicited funds for her election campaign. She solicited support from other teachers. Historians and critics are often solicited for their opinions. Several members were persuaded to solicit for his removal from office.
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