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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Other Words from request

Verb

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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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

Kate and William aren't the only royals to take a short, but important important diplomatic trip: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry JUST got back from a quick but busy trip to Morocco at the request of the government. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Wore Some of Her Most Beloved Clothing Items In Northern Ireland," 27 Feb. 2019 When Kensington Palace announced the Sussexes’ Moroccan visit in January, little was known about the purpose of the somewhat short-notice plans to travel at the request of British Government. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Duchess Meghan Won Morocco’s Heart Just Weeks Before Her Due Date," 26 Feb. 2019 He was detained at the request of Bahrain relayed through Interpol upon his arrival in Bangkok in November while on a honeymoon with his wife. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "Refugee footballer freed by Thailand returns to Australia," 12 Feb. 2019 The Duke and Duchess's visit is at the request of Her Majesty's Government. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are About to Go on Another International Adventure," 8 Feb. 2019 Harry and Meghan are making the trip at the request of the U.K. government. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Planning a Royal Visit to Morocco," 8 Feb. 2019 At the request of the Afghan government, the U.S. military command in Kabul does not publicly reveal numbers of Afghan combat losses. Robert Burns, Fox News, "American general says Afghan battlefield losses are rising," 4 Oct. 2018 She was introduced in the premiere as Dr. Blaize, an expert oncologist who returned to the hospital at the request of Dr. Glassman after a brief suspension. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "6 Things You Definitely Missed from 'The Good Doctor' Premiere," 25 Sep. 2018 The idea came from a tweet request from an owner, but the execution is vaguely meme-inspired, which would make sense: CEO Elon Musk recently bought the site stankmemes.com, and has asked his followers for memes. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Rolls Out Sentry Mode and Dog Mode to the Model 3," 14 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Unfortunately, that bill also allowed the arming of school employees, which was not requested by the Stoneman Douglas survivors, but was highly desired by the National Rifle Association. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Year After the Parkland Shooting, Has Anything Really Changed?," 14 Feb. 2019 Her testimony was requested by a lawyer for the suspect, the 33-year-old Radim Zondra. Karel Janicek, The Seattle Times, "Kvitova testifies at trial of suspect in knife attack," 5 Feb. 2019 The deployment in the Red Sea port city, where the majority of Yemen’s humanitarian aid enters, had been requested by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres. Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ, "U.N. Security Council Votes to Send Monitors to Yemen," 16 Jan. 2019 The investigation was requested by a magistrate in Bologna. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 The company’s chief diversity officer, Danielle Brown, will not report to Sundar Pichai as requested by organizers’, according to the Los Angeles Times. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Google has responded to its employees’ demands about sexual misconduct. Here are the changes it will and won’t make.," 8 Nov. 2018 The low back feature was requested by Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "How Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Compares to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018 The military denied the accusations saying their assistance in carrying out the elections was requested by Pakistan's Election Commission. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018 The organization will use the funds for new Mobile Market locations, additional promotions and incentives, and more products requested by older residents. Morgan Hughes, BostonGlobe.com, "Curing the flu, wedding dresses for soldiers, and food for the elderly," 13 July 2018

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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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request

noun

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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