(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").