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


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 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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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

Hope for Wholeness did not immediately respond to TIME’s request for comment. Time, "Former Gay Conversion Therapy Leader Comes Out, Apologizes to LGBTQ Community," 4 Sep. 2019 Henderson did not rule on the health care association’s request for a preliminary injunction that would force the state to retroactively pay providers at the higher rate. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage judge questions ‘emergency’ used to allow Medicaid rate cuts," 3 Sep. 2019 Neither Taven nor Scurll responded to a request for comment before this story was published. Justin Barrasso,, "Sources: Marty Scurll’s Ring of Honor Contract Expires in November," 3 Sep. 2019 Baidu declined to comment, while Qihoo360 did not reply to a request for a comment. Jane Li, Quartz, "A Hong Kong protester site says cyber attacks against it piggy-backed off China’s Baidu," 2 Sep. 2019 Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Family, friends of Odessa mass shooting survivors find hope after the terror," 2 Sep. 2019 The White House and the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "'Agreement in principle' reached with Taliban to withdraw 5,000 US troops within five months," 2 Sep. 2019 China Daily did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Fox News, "Washington Post publishes special advertising section pushing 'propaganda' for communist China," 30 Aug. 2019 Apple and Google did not respond to a request for comment from Fortune about the hack and how to protect against it. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "How to Protect Yourself Against a Newly Revealed iPhone Hack," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One big challenge for Overmyer was to create a modern open space for cooking and entertaining as requested by Veevers-Carter, a fine - though not particularly Julia-like - cook himself. Cathy Alter,, "Julia Child’s D.C. home had lost its luster. But the owner plans to make it sparkle again.," 3 Sep. 2019 And the non-disclosure agreements violate a 2002 pledge by American Catholic leaders to eliminate them in settlements with survivors, unless specifically requested by victims. Washington Post, "Survivors demand US investigation of Mississippi abuse deals," 1 Sep. 2019 Zimmerman did not immediately return a call requesting comment. CBS News, "Condemned Tennessee inmate spared execution over alleged "legal injustice" at 1987 trial," 30 Aug. 2019 But this seems closely analogous to the Cablevision case: the conversion is being done by Amazon servers but only when explicitly requested by users. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Book publishers sue Audible to stop new speech-to-text feature," 24 Aug. 2019 The Department of Justice did not return an email requesting comment. Jerry Mitchell, ProPublica, "Some of the Country’s Worst Prisons Have Escaped Justice Department Action," 24 Aug. 2019 Amore’s Pet Salon Dog Grooming Day Care Boarding Spa did not return Fox News' calls requesting comment. Fox News, "Florida woman claims dog returned from the groomer with neon green eyebrows, pink ears," 18 Aug. 2019 Something often requested by homeowners is the need for more storage. Vanessa Vacek, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Get ready to remodel your bathroom," 17 Aug. 2019 Hesai didn’t respond to multiple calls and messages requesting comment. Echo Huang, Quartz, "The world’s leader in self-driving lidar technology is suing two Chinese companies over IP," 15 Aug. 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 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.


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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