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solicit

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Definition of solicit

Etymology

    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”).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: sə-lĭs'ĭt
  • IPA: /səˈlɪsɪt/
  • Audio (US) [?]
  • Rhymes: -ɪsɪt

Verb

solicit (third-person singular simple present solicits, present participle soliciting, simple past and past participle solicited)

  1. To persistently endeavor to obtain an object, or bring about an event.
  2. To woo; to court.
  3. To persuade or incite one to commit some act, especially illegal or sexual behavior.
  4. To offer to perform sexual activity, especially when for a payment.
  5. To make a petition.
  6. (archaic) To disturb or trouble; to harass.

Synonyms

References:

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