noun re·quest \ri-ˈkwest\

: an act of politely or formally asking for something

: something (such as a song) that a person asks for

Full Definition of REQUEST

:  the act or an instance of asking for something
:  something asked for <granted her request>
:  the condition or fact of being requested <available on request>
:  the state of being sought after :  demand

Examples of REQUEST

  1. They made a request to begin work immediately.
  2. She filed a formal request for more information.
  3. At your request, I am enclosing a full refund of your payment.
  4. Troops were sent at the request of our allies.
  5. This next song is a request from one of our listeners.

Origin of REQUEST

Middle English requeste, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *requaesta, from feminine of requaestus, past participle of requaerere to require
First Known Use: 14th century



: to ask for (something) in a polite or formal way

: to ask (someone) to do something in a polite or formal way

Full Definition of REQUEST

transitive verb
:  to make a request to or of <requested her to write a paper>
:  to ask as a favor or privilege <requests to be excused>
obsolete :  to ask (a person) to come or go to a thing or place
:  to ask for <requested a brief delay>
re·quest·er or re·quest·or \-ˈkwes-tər\ noun

Examples of REQUEST

  1. The governor will request that the legislature raise taxes.
  2. Gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket and tie.

First Known Use of REQUEST


Related to REQUEST

ask (for), put in (for), order, requisition
See Synonym Discussion at ask


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