Solicit Definition

solicited, soliciting, solicits
solicited, soliciting, solicits
To ask or seek earnestly or pleadingly; appeal to or for.
To solicit aid, to solicit members for donations.
Webster's New World
To tempt or entice (someone) to do wrong.
Webster's New World
To petition persistently; importune.
Solicited the neighbors for donations.
American Heritage
To approach for some immoral purpose, as a prostitute does.
Webster's New World
To commit the criminal offense of enticing or inciting (another) to commit an illegal act.
American Heritage

Origin of Solicit

  • From Middle French solliciter, from Latin sollicitāre, present active participle of sollicitō (“stir, disturb; look after"), from sollicitus (“agitated, anxious, punctilious", literally “thoroughly moved"), from sollus (“whole, entire") + perfect passive participle of cieō (“shake, excite, cite, to put in motion").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English soliciten to disturb from Old French solliciter from Latin sollicitāre from sollicitus troubled solicitous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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