re·​quest | \ ri-ˈkwest \

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 \ 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

Kelley and Tara Davenport didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. John Zenor, The Seattle Times, "Girls basketball player remains benched for $857.20 check," 7 Jan. 2019 When Sabrina Albanese was enlisted to design a family vacation home on southern Ontario’s Lake Simcoe, her clients' requests were simple: comfortable, colorful and creative. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Vivacious Canadian Lake House With a Joyful Sense of Irreverence," 24 Dec. 2018 Harris, a lead product manager at the company, didn’t respond to requests for comment. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018 After someone posted the earrings on Instagram, requests started flooding in from buyers and industry insiders and soon after, SVNR (pronounced souvenir) was born. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Jewelry Brand Is Cutting Back on Waste with Affordable, Handmade Earrings," 13 Dec. 2018 Reveal says Tesla did not reply to requests for comment on the story. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Report Accuses Tesla of Denying Care to Injured Workers," 6 Nov. 2018 Saenko, who joined Khosla just this past June, did not respond to requests for comment. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Steve Jurvetson, ousted from his firm almost a year ago, is building up a team in preparation for his comeback," 13 Oct. 2018 Business Insider has reached out to the remaining members of the council, who haven’t yet responded to requests for more information. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "‘Smart city’ in Saudi Arabia releases list of design advisors," 11 Oct. 2018 Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes and John Larson -- did not immediately respond Monday to requests for a statement. Joseph Weber, Fox News, "Washington Democrats silent on calls for Rep. Esty to resign over harassment, abuse case," 2 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd, sent a messenger to request a lock of hair, and a tuft was clipped from the head for her. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has filed an open records request to obtain information related to funding sources and warden personnel in the parks. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin warden shortage and changes in responsibilities raise concerns," 14 July 2018 Police released body camera footage, 911 tapes, radio traffic and police reports from the incident after the Star-Telegram filed an open records request in early July. Nichole Manna, star-telegram, "Graham police release video of officers using stun gun on teen with autism," 12 July 2018 Bewegen’s contract allows the company to request a small increase in its annual fee in case of inflation, according to Eatough, which the county accounted for in its six year budget. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "County hopes to double use of bikeshare program in second year," 9 July 2018 Iraqi women are free to request a divorce on a variety of grounds including if their husband mistreated them or were convicted of crimes. NBC News, "Divorce on the rise in Iraq as wives cut ties to ISIS militants," 5 July 2018 The Chronicle obtained the ex-inspector’s personnel file under a public records request. Kimberly Veklerov,, "Oakland finds likely collusion between inspector, property owner in eviction," 1 July 2018 Webinars were created to familiarize workers with the steps needed to request a court order on their tablets. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "'Another set of eyes': New system is a check on DCS child removals," 1 July 2018 Fixing up the house Love did not respond to Free Press requests for comment. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "City working with owners of dilapidated house near LCA to avoid condemnation," 30 June 2018

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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 \

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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to settle judicially or to act as judge

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