Definition of solicit
- solicited Congress for funding
- solicited donations
The center is soliciting donations to help victims of the earthquake.
The company is soliciting bids from various firms.
The organization is soliciting new memberships.
The newspaper's editors want to solicit opinions from readers.
The organization is soliciting for donations.
Special interest groups are soliciting Congress for funds.
The prostitutes were arrested for soliciting customers.
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When used as a transitive verb, solicit can take as an object either the thing being requested or the source from which the thing is requested:
Enterprising capitalists have been soliciting funds on the Internet for years, turning to a passel of sites like Kickstarter to aggregate small commitments from like-minded individuals on behalf of a new idea or worthy cause.
Dave Flessner, The Chattanooga Times Free Press, 5 Nov. 2015
County supervisors and staff spent much of the remainder of the board retreat planning for a series of focus groups that will solicit community input for the strategic plan.
Carmen Forman, The Roanoke Times, 31 Jan. 2016
They could be so nimble because they aggressively solicited a small group of doubters and broadcast their misgivings as if they were based on rigorous and systematic research.
Allan M. Brandt, The Cigarette Century, 2007
They are among the 9,500 volunteers, says the campaign, who have signed up to solicit their friends and families by hosting individual fund-raising Web pages for Obama.
Karen Tumulty, Time, 16 July 2007
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
call on (or upon);
: to ask for (something, such as money or help) from people, companies, etc.
: to ask (a person or group) for money, help, etc.
: to offer to have sex with (someone) in return for money
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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