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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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 Huron County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "14-Year-Old Hunter Killed in Corn Chopper Accident After Falling Asleep in Mich. Field," 14 Sep. 2020 Apple did not respond to Quartz’s request for comment. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Apple’s online store plan for India is the right move at the right time," 14 Sep. 2020 The ruling opened the door for Sullivan to scrutinize the basis for the department’s unusual request, which came even though Flynn had twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Eric Tucker And Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, "Prosecutor looking into the origins of Russia probe resigns," 12 Sep. 2020 The official request, published Thursday, states that NASA is willing to pay for samples between 50 and 500 grams — up to about a pound when weighed on Earth. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "NASA wants to buy moon rocks," 11 Sep. 2020 Hobby Lobby did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Hobby Lobby boycott 2020: Calls for boycott over 'USA Vote Trump' display," 9 Sep. 2020 Gargotta, at an April court hearing on Asteria’s request for a temporary restraining order against the SBA, sided with the government. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Bankrupt San Antonio-area education software developer drops fight with SBA over coronavirus relief loan," 9 Sep. 2020 Parisi's request to consider sending students home — an approach taken by many major universities nationwide in recent weeks — is an option that has come under scrutiny as of late. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dane County executive asks University of Wisconsin to consider sending undergrads home," 9 Sep. 2020 According to SFLA spokesperson Kristi Hamrick, both the group's permit request -- and a separate letter to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser -- stated the organization's intent was to paint on the street outside the Planned Parenthood office. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Police allow anti-abortion students to paint ‘Black Preborn Lives Matter’ outside Planned Parenthood in Baltimore," 8 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Election officials are preparing to offer in-person voting as well as encouraging state residents to request ballots to vote by mail. Emily Opilo, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles announce Camden Yards will serve as a voting center in November," 16 Sep. 2020 Kentucky web portal to request absentee ballots is now live. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Fayette County elections department shut down after COVID-19 case identified," 15 Sep. 2020 Indiana residents who request absentee ballots need to meet one of 12 qualifications: Expect to be absent from the county on election day. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "Hamilton County begins mailing out 24,000 (and counting) absentee ballots for Nov. 3 general election," 15 Sep. 2020 Our graphic will explain specifically when that process begins, how to participate and even how to request absentee ballots. Steve Peoples, Star Tribune, "2020 Watch: How much more damage can Woodward do?," 14 Sep. 2020 Currently, the system allows voters to request an absentee ballot application online. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Franklin County judge’s order to accept absentee ballots through email on hold while state appeals," 12 Sep. 2020 Sixteen states allow voters to request mail ballots so close to Election Day that voters risk not having enough time to send the ballot back. Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica, "Electionland 2020: Mail Ballot Challenges, Election Security, New Legislation and More," 4 Sep. 2020 Nearly half of all states allow voters to request ballots online. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Nearly half of all states allow voters to request ballots online. Why isn't Ohio one of them?," 27 Aug. 2020 That would mean voters would need to request absentee ballots at least two weeks before the Nov. 3 election, but clerks are urging voters to ask for them much sooner than that. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Use of absentee ballot drop boxes in Wisconsin is expanding as concerns over mail delivery mount," 24 Aug. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for request

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

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Last Updated

18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Request.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/request. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for request

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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