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

Your boss may not immediately agree to all your requests, so be open to working together to finding creative solutions that will work for both you and your employer. Caitlin Flynn, Glamour, "How To Talk To Your Boss About Your Mental Health," 27 Mar. 2019 The Trump administration is proposing slashing the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 31%, to $6.1 billion, in keeping with its previous requests to shrink the agency. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "EPA Budget Would Be Slashed by 31%," 11 Mar. 2019 Over on beauty blog Trendmood, fans are already putting in their requests for foods like tacos, sushi, and ice cream. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Glamlite Cosmetics Debuts a Burger Eye Shadow Palette to Follow Up Last Year's Pizza-Themed Launch," 11 Mar. 2019 The federal appeals court overseeing the case agreed to delay the case indefinitely shortly after the Justice Department made its request. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Why the government shutdown is good legal news for Trump," 27 Dec. 2018 In a statement, Facebook said that the company had already begun researching Mr. Soros when Ms. Sandberg made her request. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg asked for George Soros research," 30 Nov. 2018 There are so many speeches, handshakes, and requests for selfies that spending a day with Wen feels like being with a politician on the stump. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "The New President Of Planned Parenthood Has Big Plans For The Future," 14 Mar. 2019 Cognizant didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "FCPA Self-Reporting Program Makes Headway, Justice Official Says," 12 Mar. 2019 Has Euron picked up the Golden Company at Cersei Lannister's request? Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Just Dropped Its Official Season 8 Trailer and There's So Much to Take In," 5 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Department of Energy detailed that the EERE would receive $696 million, including $343 million in new funding, down from $2.3 billion the EERE requested from Congress in fiscal year 2019. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "President Trump Claimed Wind Turbines Cause Cancer and Attacked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal," 3 Apr. 2019 The race isn’t settled as Ms. Neubauer may request a recount because... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Liberal Defeat in Wisconsin," 3 Apr. 2019 Originally, the brand launched the line in just 250 locations, but after a mere six months of mega-success, the retailer requested a chain-wide expansion due to such high demand. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "You Can Now Shop Peach & Lily Skin-Care Products at Ulta Stores," 29 Mar. 2019 This morning Cyan launched a Kickstarter campaign for Firmament, asking for $1.3 million, which is a bit higher than the amount Cyan initially requested for Obduction but matches up with the sum that campaign eventually raised. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Myst developer Cyan returns to Kickstarter for new game Firmament," 26 Mar. 2019 Immediately following the singer's passing, his family requested a private autopsy to determine the cause of death. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Inside the Enduring Mysteries of Elvis Presley's Death," 16 Mar. 2019 The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. Kaitlin Menza, Woman's Day, "Luke Perry's Children Posted Tributes to Their Dad on Instagram," 6 Mar. 2019 The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Luke Perry of "Riverdale" Has Passed Away at 52 After a Massive Stroke," 4 Mar. 2019 The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Luke Perry Has Tragically Passed Away at 52," 4 Mar. 2019

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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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