An example of solicit is when you ask for political donations.
- to ask or seek earnestly or pleadingly; appeal to or for: to solicit aid, to solicit members for donations
- to tempt or entice (someone) to do wrong
- to approach for some immoral purpose, as a prostitute does
Origin of solicitMiddle English soliciten from Middle French solliciter from Classical Latin sollicitare from sollicitus: see solicitous
verbso·lic·it·ed, so·lic·it·ing, so·lic·its
- To seek to obtain by persuasion, entreaty, or formal application: a candidate who solicited votes among the factory workers.
- To petition persistently; importune: solicited the neighbors for donations.
- To commit the criminal offense of enticing or inciting (another) to commit an illegal act.
- To approach or accost (a person) with an offer of sex in exchange for payment.
- To make solicitation or petition for something desired.
- To approach or accost someone with an offer of sex in exchange for payment.
Origin of solicitMiddle English soliciten to disturb from Old French solliciter from Latin sollicitāre from sollicitus troubled ; see solicitous .
(third-person singular simple present solicits, present participle soliciting, simple past and past participle solicited)
- To persistently endeavor to obtain an object, or bring about an event.
- to solicit alms, or a favour
- To woo; to court.
- To persuade or incite one to commit some act, especially illegal or sexual behavior.
- If you want to lose your virginity, you should try to solicit some fine looking women.
- To offer to perform sexual activity, especially when for a payment.
- My girlfriend tried to solicit me for sex, but I was tired.
- To make a petition.
- (archaic) To disturb or trouble; to harass.
- To urge the claims of; to plead; to act as solicitor for or with reference to.
- But anxious fears solicit my weak breast.
From Middle French solliciter, from Latin sollicitÄre, present active participle of sollicitÅ (“stir, disturb; look after"), from sollicitus (“agitated, anxious, punctilious", literally “thoroughly moved"), from sollus (“whole, entire") + perfect passive participle of cieÅ (“shake, excite, cite, to put in motion").