request

noun
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

request

verb
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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Other Words from request

Verb

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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Verb

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

Noun

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.

Verb

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

There are so many speeches, handshakes, and requests for selfies that spending a day with Wen feels like being with a politician on the stump. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "The New President Of Planned Parenthood Has Big Plans For The Future," 14 Mar. 2019 Cognizant didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "FCPA Self-Reporting Program Makes Headway, Justice Official Says," 12 Mar. 2019 Has Euron picked up the Golden Company at Cersei Lannister's request? Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Just Dropped Its Official Season 8 Trailer and There's So Much to Take In," 5 Mar. 2019 This request falls in line with the IOC's goal of making the Games more youth-focused, gender-balanced, and more urban, Kit McConnell, IOC Sports Director, tells SELF. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "These Are the New Sports We May See at the 2024 Summer Olympics," 27 Feb. 2019 The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis, report says," 20 Feb. 2019 It is said that as Elizabeth departed the lodge, no photographers took a single shot of the historic moment, per Her Majesty's request. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Heartbreaking Way Queen Elizabeth II Learned About the Death of Her Father, King George VI," 1 Feb. 2019 Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Man sues feds after being detained for refusing to unlock his phone at airport," 18 Dec. 2018 The campaigns for McCaskill and Sinema didn’t respond to Fox News’ request for a comment. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Vulnerable Dems McCaskill, Sinema to attend fundraiser thrown by donor who called Trump supporters 'traitors,' 'low IQ'," 28 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For many ads, the best strategy is to request custom music. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Why Does Every Tech Ad Use the Same Song? Because of This Man.," 26 Feb. 2019 His success with previous obstetric patients lead Queen Victoria to request his anesthetic services for the 1853 birth of Prince Leopold, then again for Princess Beatrice in 1857. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Victoria (Mostly) Got It Right: The True Story of John Snow's Cholera Breakthrough," 4 Feb. 2019 Unfortunately, that bill also allowed the arming of school employees, which was not requested by the Stoneman Douglas survivors, but was highly desired by the National Rifle Association. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Year After the Parkland Shooting, Has Anything Really Changed?," 14 Feb. 2019 Her testimony was requested by a lawyer for the suspect, the 33-year-old Radim Zondra. Karel Janicek, The Seattle Times, "Kvitova testifies at trial of suspect in knife attack," 5 Feb. 2019 The deployment in the Red Sea port city, where the majority of Yemen’s humanitarian aid enters, had been requested by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres. Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ, "U.N. Security Council Votes to Send Monitors to Yemen," 16 Jan. 2019 The investigation was requested by a magistrate in Bologna. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 The company’s chief diversity officer, Danielle Brown, will not report to Sundar Pichai as requested by organizers’, according to the Los Angeles Times. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Google has responded to its employees’ demands about sexual misconduct. Here are the changes it will and won’t make.," 8 Nov. 2018 The low back feature was requested by Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "How Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Compares to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of request

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for request

Noun

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

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request

noun

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

request

verb

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

request

noun
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.

request

verb
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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