re·quest | \ri-ˈkwest \

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 \ noun

Synonyms for request

Synonyms: Noun

call, inquiry, query, question

Synonyms: Verb

ask, hit (up), solicit

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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

Zaria Greenlee, 20, entered her plea before Judge Daniel Shanes, who in addition to conducting the arraignment on Thursday denied a defense request to lower the woman’s $250,000 bail. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Woman accused of hitting toddler with car pleads not guilty in Lake County court," 13 July 2018 Fairgrounds general manager Tim Fennell said Friday there would have been no reason to deny the request, even though this is a busy time at the fairgrounds, if Schwartz had followed the procedures required to schedule an event there. Phil Diehl,, "Gun owners issue challenge to Del Mar exhibit protestors," 13 July 2018 On Tuesday, a judge denied a request from Kevin McCarthy, Thomason’s public defender, to have the trial moved two hours north to Plantation Key, which McCarthy believed was a more favorable location for Thomason, the court official says., "Dental Hygienist Allegedly Fatally Rammed Woman with Her Mercedes — and Said God Made Her Do It," 12 July 2018 In one of this week's portions, Reuven, Gad and half of Menashe request to remain on the eastern side of the Jordan. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "In times of need, run to Israel rather than from it Opinion," 9 July 2018 Previous village boards have denied requests to allow gas stations to sell beer and wine, board President Steve Ward said. Janelle Walker, Elgin Courier-News, "Ban may be lifted on gas stations selling beer and wine in South Elgin," 6 July 2018 The court later denied a request for a rehearing before 11 of the court's judges. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Four years after their convictions, these 4 Meridian business execs are headed to prison," 6 July 2018 The presidential proclamation came after the White House reportedly initially denied the request from Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Ordered Flags to Be Lowered in Honor of Capital Gazette Victims," 3 July 2018 His new health plan through his wife's employer, the University of California, denied a neurologist's request in January to approve a ventilator and a prescription drug, Radicava. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "ALS activist who gained notoriety for quizzing Sen. Flake sues insurer," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The interior does, indeed, retain the industrial look, as Simons requested. Diane M. Fiske,, "Former Philly warehouse is transformed into an industrial-style home," 11 July 2018 McNeely emphasized that his air quality department does not have the power to shut down Vulcan, as some residents have requested. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 48 Conservative lawmakers request one. Jill Lawless, The Christian Science Monitor, "Boris Johnson resigns in midst of UK Brexit crisis," 9 July 2018 Maryland law provides for a free recount if requested if the top two candidates are within 0.1 percent of one another. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "After provisional ballot count, Howard council race gets even tighter," 5 July 2018 If your dog is less than three months old, a rabies certification is not required, but proof of the dog's age must be provided if requested. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, "Do you need a passport to drive to Canada?," 2 July 2018 Quickly countering Moody's request, Hippler noted that Jaques did not provide the court with his financial information about expenses and income sources, as was requested. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Lawsuit accuses Meridian-based property management LLC of embezzling up to $1 million," 27 June 2018 Morrison’s public defender, Gabriela Bischof, did not respond to messages requesting comment. Susan Dunne,, "Real Art Ways Film Programmer John Morrison Indicted On Child Porn Charges," 27 June 2018 But for the first time, documents released to the Observer through a public records request show the scope of the efforts to land the firm, which ultimately chose to go to Nashville, Tenn. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte lost a huge new HQ despite big incentives deal. Now we know what was offered," 13 June 2018

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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 \

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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