Solicit

Definition of Solicit

So`lic´it
v. t.1.To ask from with earnestness; to make petition to; to apply to for obtaining something; as, to solicit person for alms.
[imp. & p. p. Solicited; p. pr. & vb. n. Soliciting.]
Did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me?
- Milton.
2.To endeavor to obtain; to seek; to plead for; as, to solicit an office; to solicit a favor.
I view my crime, but kindle at the view,
Repent old pleasures, and solicit new.
- Pope.
3.To awake or excite to action; to rouse desire in; to summon; to appeal to; to invite.
That fruit . . . solicited her longing eye.
- Milton.
Sounds and some tangible qualities solicit their proper senses, and force an entrance to the mind.
- Locke.
4.To urge the claims of; to plead; to act as solicitor for or with reference to.
Should
My brother henceforth study to forget
The vow that he hath made thee, I would ever
Solicit thy deserts.
- Ford.
5.To disturb; to disquiet; - a Latinism rarely used.
Hath any ill solicited thine ears?
- Chapman.
But anxious fears solicit my weak breast.
- Dryden.

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accost, address, angle for, appeal to, apply, approach, ask, ask for, bespeak, bid for, call, call on, call upon, canvass, challenge, claim, court, crave, demand, desire, drum, entice, entreat, exact, fish for, go, hustle, implore, importune, look for, lure, make a pass, make advances, make an overture, overture, pander to, petition, pop the question, postulate, pray, proposition, refer, require, requisition, resort, sue, sue for, supplicate, throw a pass, turn, woo
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