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, hit (up), solicit

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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

Refinery29 submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for Ivanka's public schedule; it was denied., "What Ivanka Did This Week: Pavers, Protests & Paid Family Leave," 13 July 2018 In recent years, senior service leaders have said that if each requirement or request for amphibs from Combatant Commanders worldwide were met, the Navy would need 50 amphibs. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Navy pushes for more amphibious assault ships," 13 July 2018 No request for an interview or documents has been made by the House. Anthony Man,, "Notable Florida tentacles in latest Mueller indictments over Russian hacking of Democrats," 13 July 2018 Algeria has refused repeated AP requests for comment on the expulsions. Lori Hinnant, The Christian Science Monitor, "Algeria stops expelling migrants into Sahara after pushback," 13 July 2018 On Friday, the judge also ruled on a number of requests by the ACLU to increase oversight of the reunification process. Kristina Davis,, "Trump administration outlines plan to reunify remaining 2,500 separated children," 14 July 2018 Despite a petition, Scottish police have refused requests to allow the Trump Baby to fly over Turnberry, the president’s own golf course (where he was greeted with a mariachi band two years ago). Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "London Protest Organizers Plan to Take the 'Trump Baby' Blimp on the Road," 13 July 2018 Content from Wells Fargo As The Post’s Maria Sacchetti and Tony Perry reported Monday, a federal judge in California sharply rebuked that request. Scott Clement, Washington Post, "The public rejected Trump’s child-separation policy, but a majority supports his push to detain families until court hearings," 13 July 2018 Trustees granted his special use permit request on July 9. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "East Dundee to get another gun range," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Navy has requested $194.1 billion for the coming fiscal year. Jasmine Khayami And Elizabeth Strassner, USA TODAY, "Collisions reveal a Navy tragically undone by its can-do spirit," 25 June 2018 An irrigation plan was also requested to ensure trees survive. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "St. Anthony officials agree to township terms over planting," 23 June 2018 South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing unnamed sources, said the North requested talks at a higher level. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Trump tweets 'very nice note' from North Korea's Kim Jong Un," 13 July 2018 NBC News reported that an independent investigation into the police’s actions has been requested by Ohotto and Superintendent Mary Merrill. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Viral Video Shows Black Boys Detained at a Park in Minnesota After 911 Caller Claimed They Had Weapons," 13 July 2018 County prosecutors will request that the Illinois Attorney General’s office handle Claps’ prosecution to avoid a conflict of interest for the state’s attorney’s office, whose prosecutors work before Claps in the courthouse, Foley said. Megan Crepeau,, "Judge charged after gun falls from jacket at Cook County's main criminal courthouse," 10 July 2018 Admission is free but donations for non-perishable food items for MACC's Community Pantry are requested. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 10 July 2018 If employees need streaming video for a training seminar, Pearman said a department head can request access for a particular site. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Lake County moves to limit employees' internet use," 6 July 2018 Turi said on the Monday call that the program has been extended four times and that Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, who must request an extension of the program, agreed in May that no further extensions would be applied for. CBS News, "Judge to decide on order blocking Puerto Rican evictions," 2 July 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 express warning or disapproval

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