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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Synonyms for request

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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

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 Shaker Heights police have not responded to requests for additional information about the shooting. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "‘Reckless’ 17-year-old boy charged with shooting Shaker Heights girlfriend in stomach, court records say," 6 Feb. 2020 Mashni and Hachem did not return numerous messages and requests for comment. Evan Sernoffsky,, "Detroit business partners acted as FBI informants in Nuru corruption investigation," 5 Feb. 2020 Media representatives in Chewy’s Dania Beach, Fla., headquarters did not respond to requests for information about the new operation. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Pet products giant Chewy targets Richardson for more than 700 workers," 4 Feb. 2020 The White House declined to provide an on-the-record response to requests for comment. Author: Sarah Blaskey, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says Americans should ‘stand proudly’ for the anthem. Video shows him pointing, fidgeting at Super Bowl party.," 4 Feb. 2020 Sean Bartholick, Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell's lawyer, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "'She's got an end game': Grandma of 2 missing kids says mom missed deadline to show kids," 31 Jan. 2020 The Australian and Jordanian embassies in Washington, D.C. did not respond to requests for comment. Fox News, "Most wanted female terrorist lives in freedom in Jordan despite extradition request for bombing that killed Americans," 30 Jan. 2020 The banks did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "U.S. banks and tech firms tell employees to avoid traveling to China," 28 Jan. 2020 Andrew Yang's campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Andrew Yang, in Tesla Model X, Lets Autopilot Drive in Campaign Ad," 27 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Since 2015, more than 20 multiemployer pensions have requested the Treasury Department cut benefits because of insolvency, according to the Pension Rights Center. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Quick fix for multiemployer pensions unlikely on Capitol Hill," 20 Feb. 2020 Kilpatrick, who is serving 28 years in prison for multiple public corruption crimes, has requested a commutation from the White House after losing all appeals. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "US Attorney: Kwame Kilpatrick shouldn't get pardon. He got what he deserved.," 19 Feb. 2020 Unknown persons had requested checks from the bank for the home equity account and upon receiving the checks started issuing them. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 17 Feb. 2020 Several County Deer Advisory Councils have requested the return of EAB to help them achieve their local goals. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spring hearings questions finalized," 15 Feb. 2020 Stand Tall With Mike and the Alaska Division of Elections had requested a slower schedule that could have allowed the recall on the November general election ballot. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Supreme Court puts Gov. Dunleavy recall campaign on fast track, allowing signatures to be collected," 15 Feb. 2020 Oregon21, local organizing committee for the world championships, has requested $40 million from the state. oregonlive, "Rhesa Foster takes flight; more questions about state funding of Oregon21: Oregon track & field rundown," 14 Feb. 2020 So far, no campaigns have requested a full re-canvass of the Iowa caucuses. Eliza Collins, WSJ, "Sanders Campaign Seeks Iowa Re-Canvass After Buttigieg Wins More Delegates," 10 Feb. 2020 The Enquirer has requested a copy of that video from the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office. Kevin Grasha,, "Teen shouted, 'I don't like white people in my 'hood,' before shooting at 4 people, one of whom is black," 5 Feb. 2020

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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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9 Feb 2020

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“Request.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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