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 The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "U.S. Support for Patent Waiver Unlikely to Cost Covid-19 Vaccine Makers in Short Term," 7 May 2021 Smith did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Dallas News, "Texas political consultant accused in scheme to swap money, campaign contributions for hemp permits," 7 May 2021 The Facebook user who shared the post did not respond to a request for comment. Rick Rouan, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Unemployment rate hit historic high, not low, during pandemic," 7 May 2021 Selfridges did not respond to a request for comment. Giulia Bottaro, Fortune, "You’re heading back to the office. If she has her way, there will be nap time," 7 May 2021 Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post on Hurley’s claims., "Accused Capitol rioter had ‘Foxitis,’ his attorney says: He ‘started believing what was being fed to him’," 7 May 2021 Berkshire did not respond to a request for comment. Matt Egan, CNN, "Nasdaq's computer system literally can't handle Berkshire Hathaway's sky-high stock price," 7 May 2021 Former Arizona secretary of state Ken Bennett (R), who is acting as a spokesman for the audit, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Rosalind Helderman, Anchorage Daily News, "Observers of Republican-led vote recount in Arizona’s Maricopa County report procedural problems," 6 May 2021 Sprint and Verizon didn't respond to a request for comment. NBC News, "Why cyber criminals looking to steal personal info are using text messages as bait," 6 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In recent weeks, though, her feelings toward fashion and shopping has started to shift although Facebook won’t be going back to the office until at least January 2022 and employees can request to work from home permanently. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "Women Are ‘Revenge Shopping’ After COVID. Here’s What They’re Buying," 6 May 2021 Schools, universities, health care facilities, public transit and most state government buildings will continue to require masks, though agency heads can request a waiver. David Jacobs, Washington Examiner, "Louisiana to further loosen COVID-19 restrictions, including mask mandate," 28 Apr. 2021 Texas renters and property owners can request rental assistance at or by calling 1-833-989-7368 Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Texas agency says rent relief distribution ‘improving dramatically,’ though backlog remains," 28 Apr. 2021 All donors must wear a facemask and present a photo ID and can request a free COVID antibody test., "Elgin News Digest: Kane property tax bills to be mailed April 30; Hands Around the Courthouse happens April 29; blood drive happening May 1 at Pottawatomie Community Center," 21 Apr. 2021 Also, any individual who's claims are rejected in whole or in part by the commissioner of labor can request a review. Tiffany Cusaac-smith, USA TODAY, "New York to make $2.1B available for excluded workers, including undocumented immigrants. Here's how it works.," 14 Apr. 2021 And though Georgia voters can request an absentee ballot without explanation, President Biden’s home state of Delaware still requires an excuse. Brad Raffensperger, National Review, "Setting the Record Straight on Georgia’s New Voter-Access Law," 6 Apr. 2021 Rivlin’s pick will have 28 days to try to cobble together a coalition and can request a two-week extension from the president, who can transfer the task to another party leader if coalition building attempts fail. Washington Post, "Mired in corruption trial and unending political impasse, Netanyahu claims there is a coup against him," 6 Apr. 2021 Georgia has cut by more than half the period during which voters may request an absentee ballot, from nearly six months before an election to less than three. New York Times, "What Georgia’s Voting Law Really Does," 2 Apr. 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Request.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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