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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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Tesla did not immediately respond to a request from CNN Business for comment about Tao's reported remarks. Laura He, CNN, "China is going after tech companies. Tesla is trying to keep out of the way," 14 Apr. 2021 The Transportation Department is facing a public request from Spirit Airlines Inc. for a full and formal investigation of the American-JetBlue agreement, a move that could allow for reconsideration of the agency’s prior views. Alison Sider, WSJ, "American-JetBlue Alliance Draws Increased Scrutiny From Justice Department," 14 Apr. 2021 JPMorgan Chase also declined to sign the statement despite a personal request from senior Black business leaders to the chief executive, Jamie Dimon, according to people briefed on the matter. New York Times, "Hundreds of Companies Unite to Oppose Voting Limits, but Others Abstain," 14 Apr. 2021 Specially appointed Judge Pam Baschab during a status hearing this afternoon denied a request from Blakely’s attorneys to exclude such evidence. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Alabama sheriff’s trips to casinos are fair game in corruption trial," 13 Apr. 2021 Matt Maguire says the company did not do the survey in response to a request from clients. Susan Adams, Forbes, "Most College Students Are Willing To Enroll At Colleges That Have Vaccine Requirements, Says Survey," 12 Apr. 2021 Saying the incident remains under investigation, Niles police declined to release a police report of the incident following a Freedom of Information Act request from Pioneer Press/Chicago Tribune. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Niles police looking for suspects involved in battery of King Spa employee; manager says victim seriously injured," 12 Apr. 2021 One reason why the mailbox is controversial is that the NLRB, which is overseeing the election, rejected Amazon’s request to put ballot boxes at the warehouse for in-person voting. Washington Post, "Emails show Amazon pressed Postal Service for mailbox, a move a union believes violates labor law," 8 Apr. 2021 There was no request for proposal process because the city’s purchasing policy does not require that kind of formal competition, Ellert said Monday. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "Child Advocates 'blindsided' by loss as Indianapolis switches CASA contract to Kids’ Voice," 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mitchell noted that any candidate is entitled to request a recount and pursue legal challenges but the president had failed to prove his case. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell leaves Republican Party over 'unacceptable' election claims," 14 Dec. 2020 Georgia law allows a losing candidate to request a recount if the margin between the candidates is within 0.5%. Kate Brumback, Anchorage Daily News, "Georgia again certifies election results showing Biden won," 8 Dec. 2020 Georgia law allows a losing candidate to request a recount if the margin between the candidates is within 0.5%. Kate Brumback, chicagotribune.com, "Georgia recertifies presidential election results after recount requested by Trump affirms Biden’s win in the state," 7 Dec. 2020 The Trump campaign had the right to request a second recount, which was conducted by rescanning all paper ballots, because the margin was within 0.5%. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "'We're going to keep fighting': Pence tells Georgia voters presidential election not over," 5 Dec. 2020 While there's no provision in the state for a losing candidate to request a recount, Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward has indicated the state party will file a challenge to the results after they were certified. Evie Fordham, Fox News, "Trump lawyers allege Arizona election fraud conspiracy in GOP 'hearing'," 1 Dec. 2020 The Trump campaign has two business days to request a machine recount under state law. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Georgia governor certifies election, sealing Biden win over Trump," 20 Nov. 2020 Now that the state has certified the 2020 general election results, the Trump campaign has two business days to request a recount, which would be conducted using scanning machines. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "Trump attacks big Pharma, announces programs to lower drug prices," 20 Nov. 2020 Once Raffensperger certifies the results, Trump's campaign will have two business days to request a recount since the margin is within 0.5%. Arkansas Online, "Georgia Secretary of State to certify election for Biden," 20 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of request was in the 14th century

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16 Apr 2021

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“Request.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/request. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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