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 for request

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 And that leaves users to sort through the privacy implications and potential health benefits of an app's request for location data on their own—or to take the simpler path out of the minefield, and just say no. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "The iOS Covid App Ecosystem Has Become a Privacy Minefield," 13 Nov. 2020 The message came alongside an article about the secretary of state rejecting a request for an independent audit of the election. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Arizona legislators float special session to authorize election audit," 13 Nov. 2020 On Friday morning, however, TikTok told a federal judge that the US government had granted the company's request for an extension. Brian Fung And Sherisse Pham, CNN, "TikTok granted two more weeks to reach a deal for US business," 13 Nov. 2020 On Thursday, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved a request for an 8.3% increase in state funding next year as officials projected $270 million in costs related to the pandemic. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "Without graduated income tax, Illinois state universities brace for ‘almost inevitable’ budget cuts ‘because there’s just nothing left'," 12 Nov. 2020 Attorneys for the family declined an IndyStar request for comment Wednesday. Ryan Martin, The Indianapolis Star, "What the Dreasjon Reed investigation revealed: Video, audio tracks and gun analysis," 12 Nov. 2020 Mequon Common Council members voted Tuesday to override Mayor John Wirth’s veto against a rezoning request for an Ascension healthcare clinic. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mequon Ascension plans move forward after common council voted to override mayor's veto against a rezoning request," 12 Nov. 2020 The preliminary plans were then approved without the waivers, but Schoen said the developer would go back over the plans and might submit a new request for some of the waivers at a future meeting. Bill Mchugh, NOLA.com, "Planning commission approves more subdivisions in marathon session," 12 Nov. 2020 The crew made a third request for helicopter drop onto a large burning tree. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "A Bay Area injured inmate firefighter is fighting deportation by ICE," 12 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb More than 16,000 volunteers have signed up to send postcards to Georgia voters reminding them to request an absentee ballot and send it in. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Californians prepare to descend on Georgia to fight for Democrats in Senate races," 16 Nov. 2020 Among them were voters who may have wanted to vote by mail but waited too long to request a ballot or those who didn’t receive their ballots in time. The Salt Lake Tribune, "U.S. voters mark end of election like no other at the polls," 3 Nov. 2020 Among them were voters who may have wanted to vote by mail but waited too long to request a ballot or those who didn't receive their ballots in time. Arkansas Online, "Long lines, enthusiasm but no major problems as U.S. votes," 3 Nov. 2020 Those who did vote on Election Day included some who wanted to vote by mail but waited too long to request a ballot or didn't receive their ballots in time. Star Tribune, "Long lines, enthusiasm but no major problems as US votes," 3 Nov. 2020 Among those braving the polls were voters who may have wanted to vote by mail but waited too long to request a ballot or those who didn’t receive their ballots in time. Staff And Wire Reports, chicagotribune.com, "Election 2020 live updates: Biden visits son’s grave, Trump calls in to Fox News as polls open across nation," 3 Nov. 2020 Those who did vote on Election Day included some who wanted to vote by mail but waited too long to request a ballot or didn’t receive their ballots in time. Author: Christina A. Cassidy, Anthony Izaguirre, Anchorage Daily News, "Long lines and enthusiasm, but no major problems, as Americans cast their ballots," 3 Nov. 2020 Early voting in Georgia ends on October 30, which is also the last day residents can request an absentee ballot. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "13 Battleground states to watch," 3 Nov. 2020 Voters can choose to wait a week before Election Day to request their ballot. . . . Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "No, Every Vote Does Not Count," 3 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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Time Traveler for request

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

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Last Updated

17 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Request.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/request. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for request

request

noun
How to pronounce request (audio)

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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