re·​quest | \ ri-ˈkwest How to pronounce request (audio) \

Definition of request

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


requested; requesting; requests

Definition of request (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a request to or of requested her to write a paper
2 : to ask as a favor or privilege requests to be excused
3 obsolete : to ask (a person) to come or go to a thing or place
4 : to ask for requested a brief delay

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requester or requestor \ ri-​ˈkwe-​stər How to pronounce requestor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for request

Synonyms: Noun

call, inquiry, query, question

Synonyms: Verb

ask (for), order, put in (for), requisition

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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

Examples of request in a Sentence


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


The governor will request that the legislature raise taxes. Gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket and tie.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Later in the meeting, council acted on an April 22 request from Councilman Frank O. Carroll III to add police officer positions. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Men use CPR to save cardiac arrest victim," 10 July 2019 The campaign for millennial and Democratic congressional representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to a request from an astrologer named Arthur Lipp-Bonewits. Jessica Roy,, "How millennials replaced religion with astrology and crystals," 10 July 2019 Upon request, the secretary of state’s office gave me a list of companies that, according to their disclosure statements, were not in compliance with the law. Kathleen Pender,, "New report sheds little light on state’s groundbreaking women-on-boards law," 10 July 2019 Romi Hoshino, also known as Zakay Romi, was taken into custody on Sunday at Ninoy Aquino International Airport following a request by the Japanese embassy, according to a statement from the Philippines Bureau of Immigration. Zoe Sottile, CNN, "Alleged manga pirate arrested in the Philippines," 10 July 2019 In addition, Leitschuh found that attackers could also launch a denial of service attack against Macs by using the same mechanism to overwhelm them with join requests. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam," 9 July 2019 There was no immediate comment from the US military to a request from the Associated Press. Kathy Gannon,, "All-Afghan conference brings country closer to peace," 9 July 2019 Even states that offer licenses to undocumented immigrants complied with requests for searches. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "ICE and the FBI are using facial recognition on driver’s license databases around the US," 8 July 2019 The Internal Revenue Service is expected to update its 2014 guidance on cryptocurrencies in coming weeks, following an April request from a bipartisan group of 20 lawmakers. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Lawmakers Push for New Bitcoin Rules," 6 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Transcripts of the call obtained by this news organization that showed the 67-year-old requesting urgent assistance to deal with an apparently mentally ill man who was trying to get into the Cukors’ house. Erin Woo, The Mercury News, "YouTube exec who called police in viral video apologizes, says his own father was killed by a trespasser," 10 July 2019 The facility holds a call center, where children are allowed a minimum of two calls of 10 minutes each week, but can request more if needed. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Is Carrizo Springs migrant facility 'too much, too late' in addressing the migrant crisis on the southern border?," 10 July 2019 Previously, Cunningham did not respond to the Chronicle’s requests for comment. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Execution date set for ‘Texas 7’ prisoner who accused judge of anti-Semitism," 8 July 2019 Brackett and Jeremiah Hamman, who opened CharBlue with Brackett in 2016, have yet to respond to IndyStar’s requests for more information. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "CharBlue is the 6th Downtown Indy restaurant to close this year," 8 July 2019 Like many bosses, Chris Mullen found the final hours of the weekend ideal for decluttering an unruly inbox, sharing stray thoughts with staff on projects and requesting status updates to prep for the week. Kelsey Gee, WSJ, "Sunday Night Is the New Monday Morning, and Workers Are Miserable," 7 July 2019 The neighbors are now suing over his morning song, and have requested that he be removed. Natasha Frost, Quartzy, "A French rooster called Maurice is being sued by his neighbors," 6 July 2019 Before Hopper, Joyce, Murray, and Alexei (let’s call them Team Cherry) begin their mission, Hopper makes a quick, casual call to the military requesting back up that Joyce then makes again in order to convey the urgency. Kathryn Lindsay,, "R29 Binge Club: Stranger Things Season 3," 5 July 2019 Kiosk customers request a card at the window, an employee calls a physician, then the physician offers a consultation by phone before a card is issued, McCluskey said. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Bar mural and cannabis kiosk get design reviews," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of request


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for request


Middle English requeste, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *requaesta, from feminine of requaestus, past participle of requaerere to require

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English Language Learners Definition of request

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act of politely or formally asking for something
: something (such as a song) that a person asks for



English Language Learners Definition of request (Entry 2 of 2)

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


re·​quest | \ ri-ˈkwest How to pronounce request (audio) \

Kids Definition of request

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of asking for something
2 : something asked for He granted my request.
3 : the condition of being asked for Tickets are available on request.


requested; requesting

Kids Definition of request (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to ask something of someone He requested them to sing.
2 : to ask for I'm requesting a loan.

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