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, 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

Russian operatives apparently tried to carry out his request that same day. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Truth Without Consequences," 13 July 2018 Mayor Dave Uran said her request would need to go before the council’s ordinance committee, but that the city typically has turned down the idea of urban farming. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Crown Point woman asks city council to consider letting her keep chickens 'for food, educational purposes'," 13 July 2018 Manafort's attorneys initially referred to the lack of proximity in their request for a postponement of the July 25 trial. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort arrives at Alexandria lockup; placed in protective custody," 12 July 2018 For the seventh straight time, the State Elections Enforcement Commission declined Thursday to grant Obsitnik his request for $1.35 million in public financing grants. Christopher Keating,, "Republicans Battle in Five-Way Debate At Mohegan Sun," 12 July 2018 During that time, Nelson has gone from being a member of the minority to the majority and back to the minority again, but his requests to Congress have been the same: fund, approve and accelerate the Everglades restoration projects. David Smiley And Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Florida’s politicians use slimy algae to muddy each other," 11 July 2018 County elections officials certified the election results Tuesday morning and the Brochin team filed its recount request just hours later. Pamela Wood,, "Brochin asks for full manual recount in Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive," 10 July 2018 The team in the booth was very accommodating to our request to split the bowl in two containers. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018 The ruling halted an extradition request from Poland that one of its nationals, Artur Celmer, should be handed over to face drugs charges. The Economist, "Breaking point: December 2020," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The family requests that memorial contributions in Joseph's name be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. Hartford Courant,, "Joseph Thomas Kennedy," 13 July 2018 In a formal response to the report, HHS agreed with most of the inspector general's recommendations for tightening up official travel and requested detail on the $341,000 that investigators said the government should recoup. NBC News, "Watchdog: $341,000 wasted on travel for former high-flying HHS chief Tom Price," 13 July 2018 In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/12," 12 July 2018 In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in John’s memory be made to the American Cancer Society or the East Alabama Food Bank., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/9," 9 July 2018 Our family respectfully requests privacy during this painful time. CBS News, "911 call reveals frantic effort to save Bode Miller's daughter Emeline," 13 June 2018 Our family respectfully requests privacy during this painful time. Amir Vera, CNN, "Daughter of Olympic skier Bode Miller drowns in California," 12 June 2018 Our family respectfully requests privacy during this painful time. Brian Melley,, "19-month-old daughter of skier Bode Miller drowns in pool," 12 June 2018 Our family respectfully requests privacy during this painful time. Author: Des Bieler, Anchorage Daily News, "Ex-Olympic skier Bode Miller ‘beyond devastated’ after death of 19-month-old daughter," 12 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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