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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Other Words from request


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

The library’s policy is to order one new e-book license for every five hold requests. Michelle V. Rafter,, "How to use L.A. Library apps to read for free," 12 June 2019 The newspaper recently obtained the file through a public records request. Fox News, "Report: Deputy shot by police feared them more than suspect," 12 June 2019 Yujing Zhang’s request to fire her public defenders and represent herself is scheduled to be heard Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Roy Altman in Fort Lauderdale., "Accused Mar-a-Lago intruder seeks to become her own attorney," 11 June 2019 The city sold it at auction last year for $45,000 – a $171,000 loss – according to the bill of sale, provided to The Oregonian/OregonLive in response to a public records request., "Portland has a plan for its human poop problem," 11 June 2019 Quintana declined to immediately release those records, and directed this newspaper file a public records request with the city. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Vallejo officers shot at Willie McCoy 55 times in 3.5 seconds, report clearing them says," 11 June 2019 The attorneys also agreed upon July 24 as the next date for a pre-trial hearing and also discussed making that the deadline for any and all motion requests. Sarah Brookbank,, "Pike County massacre: First trial date in the massacre of 8 in family," 11 June 2019 Some Democrats said authorizing new lawsuits was the only way for the chamber to enforce those requests and gather evidence for their investigations of Trump, his administration and his private business. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "House plans vote authorizing wide-ranging lawsuits to gather evidence about President Trump," 11 June 2019 Officials with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged seven people with felony DWI over the course of May, according to records from a public information request filed by the Chronicle. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Officials arrest 7 on felony DWI charges in Fort Bend County in May," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Volunteers call the shelter a few days in advance to request a dog for a lunch date. Jennifer Shapiro-sacks,, "Lunch Buddies: Take an adoptable dog on a date," 13 June 2019 Officials with Ford Heights and Lynwood did not immediately respond to messages Monday and Tuesday requesting comment. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: South suburban towns are jockeying for a casino. 'We all believe we have the best site.'," 11 June 2019 Barton did not return multiple phone calls and emails requesting comment. USA TODAY, "Bills supporting religion-based rejection turning parents away from adoption agencies," 10 June 2019 Start by talking with one of their friendly, knowledgeable bathroom designers, or fill out a quick online form to request a free, down-to-the-penny quote. Stepfanie Romine,, "Remodel your bathroom — for less money, with less mess and in less time," 10 June 2019 Mike Doble, a spokesman for Raytheon, didn’t immediately respond to a voice mail requesting comment outside of office hours. Ranjeetha Pakiam,, "Raytheon, United Technologies in talks to merge, report says," 8 June 2019 The Secretary of State directed county election officials to request proof of citizenship from those voters. Andrea Zelinski And Allie Morris,, "Congressmen say governor owes Texans an apology for state efforts to purge voter rolls," 7 June 2019 Messages requesting comment from Fairstein were not immediately returned. CBS News, "Central Park Five prosecutor under fire after new Netflix series," 5 June 2019 To request a copy, call 858-541-2277 or download at Maureen Robertson, Ramona Sentinel, "News Briefs: Bow Wow Pow Wow, school plan public hearing," 5 June 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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