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 Just call ahead to a library location where staff is available and make your request. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Here's how Indianapolis Public Library's curbside service will work," 13 May 2020 Image At the jail, officials denied her request for a mask and gloves, said Ms. Davis, who is in the first trimester of her pregnancy. Jenny Gross, New York Times, "Cycle of Arrests Leads Woman to Jail at a Dangerous Time," 13 May 2020 Department officials reviewing the Flynn case interviewed Bill Priestap, the former head of FBI counterintelligence, two days before making their extraordinary request to drop the case to Judge Emmet Sullivan. Adam Goldmanand Katie Benner,, "Ex-FBI official is said to undercut Justice Dept. effort to drop Flynn case," 13 May 2020 Dow Jones submitted its request between April 13 and May 1. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Five media outlets sue Small Business Administration for access to coronavirus loan records," 13 May 2020 AMC Theatres did not respond to a request for comment, but its website offers no information about reopening. Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, "Arizona movie theaters can reopen Saturday. Here's why most won't," 13 May 2020 People learn to plan their workloads and collaborations more carefully in order to give enough time for coworkers to see and respond to their requests. Amir Salihefendić, Quartz at Work, "When it comes to team communication, faster isn’t always better," 7 May 2020 Boeing, which had negotiated a $60 billion congressional rescue package in March, ended up raising $25 billion from the private markets and withdrawing its request for government assistance. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Will COVID-19 Cause a Zombie Apocalypse to Hit the Economy?," 5 May 2020 Download the NBC News app for full coverage and alerts about the coronavirus outbreak Williams said his requests have gone unanswered. NBC News, "Violent encounter in New York City prompts concerns about unequal policing of social distancing," 4 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Place a call to your regular doctor to request some names, and/or call your insurance company, or check to see what your employer or school offers. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: Empathy," 29 May 2020 The inventory Ms Reyes had requested had listed only the mummies on display. The Economist, "Death and taxes Mexico’s missing mummy mystery," 28 May 2020 In April NASA decided to invest $135 million in Starship to see if the system can be used to transport two astronauts to the lunar surface in 2024, an expedited schedule requested by the Trump administration. Irene Klotz, Scientific American, "Back in Business: NASA Is Set to Return to Human Spaceflight with Historic SpaceX Launch," 27 May 2020 As a result, Rwanda is not in a position simply to request Kabuga’s extradition. Jonathan Beloff, Soas, Quartz Africa, "Why France’s arrest of a high-profile Rwandan genocide suspect won’t end with a trial in Kigali," 21 May 2020 Later on, Steve raised a stink about the prompt again and even requested that contestants read the question on the card for him. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Steve Harvey Refuse to Ask 'Family Feud' Contestants This "Uncomfortable" Question," 7 May 2020 Hernandez also makes a variation of the face shield that has animal ears, which some doctors from children’s hospitals have requested. Jenna Schoenefeld, Popular Mechanics, "How Citizens Are Helping Healthcare Workers Fight the Coronavirus," 6 May 2020 The majority also noted, repeatedly, that the plaintiffs—who included Wisconsin voters, voting rights organizations, and the Democratic National Committee—had not specifically requested this particular relief. David Cole, The New York Review of Books, "Why We Need Postal Democracy," 30 Apr. 2020 To request a delivery, fill out the request form on the Umbrella site to be paired with a volunteer in your area. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "Volunteers Can Now Deliver Groceries and Medications to Local Seniors," 24 Apr. 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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The first known use of request was in the 14th century

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17 May 2020

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“Request.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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



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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