To solicit alms, or a favour.
An example of solicit is when you ask for political donations.
If you want to lose your virginity, you should try to solicit some fine looking women.
But anxious fears solicit my weak breast.
Solicited the neighbors for donations.
To solicit aid, to solicit members for donations.
My girlfriend tried to solicit me for sex, but I was tired.
A candidate who solicited votes among the factory workers.
Origin of solicit
- 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
- 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").