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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requester or requestor \ ri-​ˈkwe-​stər How to pronounce requestor (audio) \ 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

KylieSkin has not yet addressed social media comments or a request for comment from Nylon. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Social Media Is Concerned About Kylie Jenner’s KylieSkin Walnut Scrub," 15 May 2019 Kylie Skin has not yet addressed social media comments or a request for comment from Nylon. Lauren Rearick, Allure, "Social Media Is Concerned About Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Skin Walnut Face Scrub," 15 May 2019 In a recent budget request to Congress, NASA laid out its vision for the future, along with what that vision will cost. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Asks for More than a Billion Dollars to Return to the Moon," 14 May 2019 Ryan, who was already low on money after the clients’ request for a pricey gas fireplace, had to blow through more of his budget due to a wallpaper miscalculation. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "See the Dramatic Reveal from the Best Room Wins Series Premiere," 2 May 2019 Considerations usually include which request came first and which alleged crime is more serious. Gregory Katz, The Seattle Times, "UK pressured not to overlook Swedish claims to Assange," 14 Apr. 2019 Tyson has not responded to multiple requests for comment by Vox. Anna North, Vox, "The sexual misconduct allegations against Neil deGrasse Tyson, explained," 15 Mar. 2019 The reactions to steering and pedal inputs are almost supernaturally well calibrated; nothing is lost in translation between the driver's requests and the car's responses. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 There’s always the possibility that your manager could reject your request completely. Josephine Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "How to Ask For a Raise," 18 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The change—requested by T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon—will help the big carriers deploy nationwide 5G networks, according to Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai’s 5G plans make it harder for small ISPs to deploy broadband," 10 Oct. 2018 The executive branch, under both Democratic and Republican presidents, has typically tried to accommodate congressional information requests through negotiation and compromise. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Democrats Adopt GOP Strategy in Fight for Trump Probe Information," 3 Mar. 2019 The commission’s order allows Charter to request an extension for the 60-day filing deadline, but obviously Charter wants this decision to be walked back entirely through negotiations. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Charter CEO threatens lawsuit over New York’s attempt to kick Spectrum out of the state," 1 Aug. 2018 The Department of Energy detailed that the EERE would receive $696 million, including $343 million in new funding, down from $2.3 billion the EERE requested from Congress in fiscal year 2019. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "President Trump Claimed Wind Turbines Cause Cancer and Attacked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal," 3 Apr. 2019 The race isn’t settled as Ms. Neubauer may request a recount because... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Liberal Defeat in Wisconsin," 3 Apr. 2019 Originally, the brand launched the line in just 250 locations, but after a mere six months of mega-success, the retailer requested a chain-wide expansion due to such high demand. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "You Can Now Shop Peach & Lily Skin-Care Products at Ulta Stores," 29 Mar. 2019 This morning Cyan launched a Kickstarter campaign for Firmament, asking for $1.3 million, which is a bit higher than the amount Cyan initially requested for Obduction but matches up with the sum that campaign eventually raised. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Myst developer Cyan returns to Kickstarter for new game Firmament," 26 Mar. 2019 Immediately following the singer's passing, his family requested a private autopsy to determine the cause of death. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Inside the Enduring Mysteries of Elvis Presley's Death," 16 Mar. 2019

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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 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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