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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Hancock County Sheriff's Office did not respond to ABC News' request for comment. Kendall Ross, ABC News, 12 Aug. 2022 The California Department of Education did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment. Kelsey Koberg, Fox News, 12 Aug. 2022 Representatives for Heche did not immediately respond to the L.A. Times’ request for comment Thursday. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2022 Neither Fenix nor its legal team immediately responded to Ars’ request for comment. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 11 Aug. 2022 The owners did not immediately responded to The Enquirer's request for comment. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 11 Aug. 2022 Walton did not respond to NBC News’ request for comment. Jay Valle, NBC News, 11 Aug. 2022 Neither Domino's nor ePizza immediately responded to CNN Business' request for comment. Nicola Ruotolo And Anna Cooban, CNN, 10 Aug. 2022 That amount is just for hospitals that responded to IndyStar's request for information. The Indianapolis Star, 10 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb City officials did not immediately respond to request for comment from The Republic. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, 11 Aug. 2022 Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to request for comment. Eric Tucker, ajc, 10 Aug. 2022 Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to request for comment. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Aug. 2022 Meta did not immediately respond to request for comment. Alice Hearing, Fortune, 8 Aug. 2022 Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, a nonprofit organization that helps run Covax, didn’t immediately respond to request for comment. Joseph Walker, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 Mrvan's campaign did not immediately respond to request for comment. The Indianapolis Star, 28 July 2022 Kjellberg and a spokesperson did not immediately respond to request for comment Wednesday. Morgan Sung, NBC News, 27 July 2022 Red Bull Racing did not immediately respond to request for comment. Richard Morin, USA TODAY, 28 June 2022 See More

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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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requester

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14 Aug 2022

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“Request.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/request. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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