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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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

The user @lulu_says2, whose account has not been suspended, did not reply to a request for comment sent to an email address. Eli Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "How anonymous tweets helped ignite a national controversy over MAGA hat teens," 23 Jan. 2019 Her book publisher didn’t respond to our request for comment about any forthcoming novels. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "Who Will Get the First MacKenzie Bezos Interview?," 10 Jan. 2019 Company representatives didn’t respond to a request for comment for this post. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "iOS apps used Touch ID feature to trick users into paying hefty fees," 3 Dec. 2018 Elcock did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Arizona police department mounts AR-15 rifles on backs of some motorcycles," 2 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the Trump administration and the Betsy DeVos–led Department of Education continue to request cuts in public-school funding, funnel more students into charter schools, and force more students into debt, the job has only gotten harder. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Education Workers on Campuses Around the Country Are Demanding Better Labor Conditions," 10 Jan. 2019 In her post, the bride said that she and her husband-to-be wanted a child-free event—and had requested an adults-only wedding on their invitations—but ran into some trouble when a guest brought her two kids, a toddler and a baby. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "This Bride Held an Adults-Only Wedding—and Asked a Guest With Kids to Leave," 22 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, banking and payment apps are starting to request biometric data including fingerprints, voice recordings, or facial recognition. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "2018 was the year Chinese internet users evaded censorship — briefly," 20 Dec. 2018 Giving a glimpse into how his designs ended up being worn by Meghan, Grant said the Duchess’s stylist requested samples from his Paris showroom earlier this month. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Happens When You Suddenly Become Meghan Markle's Favorite Designer," 19 Oct. 2018 The San Diego fire Department said they were requested to assist the Miramar Fire Department. Greg Moran,, "Brush fire reported on east edge of Miramar," 6 July 2018 In the meantime, Town & Country compiled a list of frontrunners, with exclusive intel from several current and former magazine staffers (who all requested anonymity). Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Who Will Replace Adam Moss at New York Magazine?," 15 Jan. 2019 The rest of the states will have to wait for the result of a lawsuit put forth by Attorneys General from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, which challenges the new rules and requests an injunction that would apply nationwide. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "A Federal Judge Blocked the Trump Administration's New Birth Control Rules in 13 States and D.C.," 14 Jan. 2019 Not surprisingly, there's a waiting list of about 50 families requesting services right now in Joan's territory, an area of more than 600 square miles just north of Portland, Oregon. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "This Nurse Helps New Moms When They're Most Vulnerable," 8 Jan. 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 \

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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excited commotion or publicity

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