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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 The film’s studio Warner Bros. didn’t immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. Nigel Smith, PEOPLE.com, "Is It: Chapter 3 Happening? Actor Who Plays Pennywise Says There's 'Ideas Floating Around'," 17 Sep. 2019 The person spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because neither Ramsey nor the team had made the request public. BostonGlobe.com, "Frank Reich reaffirms Colts' commitment to Adam Vinatieri," 17 Sep. 2019 Attorney Eric Grantham, who appeared in court on Wilson's behalf, did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment. Amanda Watts, CNN, "A woman was arrested after she bought an AK-47 and threatened her old school," 17 Sep. 2019 The request came shortly after a heated sideline confrontation with head coach Doug Marrone during Jacksonville's 13-12 loss to the Texans on Sunday. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Jaguars Cornerback Jalen Ramsey Doesn't Want Trade Request to be a Distraction," 17 Sep. 2019 What good is any law if it can simply be ignored by request of a legislator. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Gov. Ned Lamont asks for review of new tax on ice cream, pizza and other items sold at grocery stores," 17 Sep. 2019 Williamson did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Investigation into The Rookie actress Afton Williamson’s discrimination, bullying claims finds no wrongdoing," 17 Sep. 2019 Of course, all these requests take longer to fulfill when there is no help! cleveland.com, "Dear Annie: Overworked nurses need a break, and our understanding," 16 Sep. 2019 DeSantis’ administration will publish a budget request for the Department of Elder Affairs, which houses the Office of Public and Professional Guardians, on Tuesday which could include more funds for investigators to review complaints. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "DeSantis, Florida lawmakers consider changes in troubled guardianship program," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick forced his way out of the Dolphins and is now with the Steelers, while Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey reportedly requested a trade after a dispute with head coach Doug Marrone. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Jets Safety Jamal Adams Calls Social Media Speculation 'Outside Noise'," 17 Sep. 2019 Adele, 31, is requesting joint and physical custody of their 6-year-old son Angelo. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Adele Requests Joint Custody of Son Angelo, 6, with Ex Simon Konecki in Divorce Filing," 13 Sep. 2019 The Science Committee is requesting all records of communication between Commerce Department officials, NOAA and the White House between Sept. 1 and Sept. 9 pertaining to the president's tweet and NOAA's Sept. 6 statement. oregonlive, "President Trump ordered NOAA statement supporting his inaccurate claim that Alabama was at risk from Dorian," 11 Sep. 2019 The Science Committee is requesting all records of communication between Commerce Department officials, NOAA and the White House between Sept. 1 and Sept. 9 pertaining to the president's tweet and NOAA's Sept. 6 statement. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump ordered NOAA statement supporting his inaccurate claim that Alabama was at risk from hurricane," 11 Sep. 2019 Chairperson Janet Mickey is requesting more CROP walkers to sign up to represent their church or organization. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Central Carroll: Westminster church hosting Apple Festival and Car Show; walk aims to fight hunger; Peace Day," 9 Sep. 2019 The event’s sponsor, Friends of Shoseian, is requesting a $20 per-person donation for this event. Katherine Yamada, Glendale News-Press, "Verdugo Views: Charlie Chaplin’s time filming ‘The Circus’ had comedic moments of its own," 5 Sep. 2019 The US Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center's Launch Enterprise is requesting industry bids for the Orbital Services Program-4, intended to launch payloads of 180kg or larger into orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Single-core Delta IV is no more, fully automated Soyuz," 23 Aug. 2019 The American government is requesting his extradition. The Economist, "A $2bn loan scandal sank Mozambique’s economy," 22 Aug. 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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19 Oct 2019

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The first known use of request was in the 14th century

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request

noun
How to pronounce request (audio)

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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