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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Other Words from request


requester or requestor \ri-​ˈkwe-​stər \ 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

The Defense Department didn’t return a request for comment. Kate O’keeffe, WSJ, "Washington Asks Allies to Drop Huawei," 23 Nov. 2018 Turner, now in private practice, did not respond to Ars' request for comment. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Silk Road’s alleged hitman, “redandwhite,” arrested in Vancouver," 21 Nov. 2018 Stone didn’t return a request for comment for this story. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Facebook won’t fix itself," 15 Nov. 2018 Versace hasn't returned Glamour's request for comment. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Michael Kors Is Buying Versace for $2 Billion," 25 Sep. 2018 Cozy and Avail seek to provide comprehensive support for landlords, from fielding maintenance requests to collecting rent. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Online property management tools are moving the landlord-tenant relationship to the internet," 7 Nov. 2018 Companies would have to comply with a consumer's request within 30 business days, without charging the consumer. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Proposed data privacy law could send company execs to prison for 20 years," 2 Nov. 2018 The site also reports that Dewan is seeking spousal support, but that Tatum is looking to block that request, which could complicate the process. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan Officially Files for Divorce from Channing Tatum," 27 Oct. 2018 But the Sprites’ release had to wait more than two weeks because of a NASA request to keep the area clear for a Russian Soyuz launch. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, "The Tiny Satellites That Might Fly to Another Solar System," 18 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One of those sources said the White House asked McConnell to request the briefing. Alex Ward, Vox, "Exclusive: 50+ experts and former officials urge the Senate to end US role in Yemen war," 27 Nov. 2018 Users will first have to request the update and meet the hardware requirements and check for application compatibility. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve," 13 Nov. 2018 According to Teriti, Chris Appleton reached out to her to request custom hair for the birthday party. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Switches It Up With Golden Blonde, Waist-Length Extensions," 20 Aug. 2018 While the 34-year-old new mom is permitted to request privacy, the whole thing still played out in front of the reality show. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Says Khloé Staying With Tristan Thompson Came Down to "Motherly Instincts"," 3 Aug. 2018 Lava Ocean Tours has not yet responded to request for comment. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Lava Bomb Hits Hawaiian Tour Boat Near Kilauea Volcano," 16 July 2018 Yes, Schnatter's donor agreement with the university provides him an exclusive right to request name changes at the stadium his pizza dough helped build. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Bendapudi manages first University of Louisville crisis magnificently," 13 July 2018 The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Aug. 9. Max Bayer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Absentee ballots available ahead of Aug. 14 primary," 13 July 2018 To request tickets, go to a link on Universal’s official blog ( or go to Dewayne Bevil,, "Universal: Sign up for 'Deal or No Deal' tickets," 12 July 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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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