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request

noun re·quest \ ri-ˈkwest \

Definition of request

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

Examples of request in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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request

verb

Definition of request

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

requester

or requestor play \-ˈkwes-tər\ noun

Examples of request in a Sentence

  1. The governor will request that the legislature raise taxes.

  2. Gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket and tie.

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First Known Use of request

1533

request Synonyms

Synonyms
ask (for), put in (for), order, requisition
Related Words
commission, solicit; charter, hire, license (also licence)
Near Antonyms
coerce, compel, constrain, force, oblige, require

Synonym Discussion of request

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


REQUEST Defined for English Language Learners

request

noun

Definition of request for English Language Learners

  • : an act of politely or formally asking for something

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


request

verb

Definition of request for English Language Learners

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

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


REQUEST Defined for Kids

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request

noun re·quest \ ri-ˈkwest \

Definition of request for Students

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.

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request

verb

Definition of request for Students

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


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