Simple Definition of solicit
: to ask for (something, such as money or help) from people, companies, etc.
: to ask (a person or group) for money, help, etc.
: to offer to have sex with (someone) in return for money
Full Definition of solicit
1a : to make petition to : entreatb : to approach with a request or plea <solicited Congress for funding>
2 : to urge (as one's cause) strongly
3a : to entice or lure especially into evilb : to proposition (someone) especially as or in the character of a prostitute
4 : to try to obtain by usually urgent requests or pleas <solicited donations>
2 of a prostitute : to offer to have sexual relations with someone for money
Examples of solicit
The center is soliciting donations to help victims of the earthquake.
The company is soliciting bids from various firms.
The organization is soliciting new memberships.
The newspaper's editors want to solicit opinions from readers.
The organization is soliciting for donations.
Special interest groups are soliciting Congress for funds.
The prostitutes were arrested for soliciting customers.
Synonym Discussion of solicit
ask, request, solicit mean to seek to obtain by making one's wants known. ask implies no more than the statement of the desire <ask a favor of a friend>. request implies greater formality and courtesy <requests the pleasure of your company>. solicit suggests a calling attention to one's wants or desires by public announcement or advertisement <a letter soliciting information>.
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