of a prostitute: to offer to have sexual relations with someone for money
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What object does solicit take?
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
solicit suggests a calling attention to one's wants or desires by public announcement or advertisement.
a letter soliciting information
Examples of solicit in a Sentence
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.
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Recent Examples on the WebEllis was one of the 19 co-defendants named in the Georgia case, including Trump, and was originally charged with one count of racketeering and one count of soliciting members of the Georgia Senate to violate their oaths of office by falsely declaring Trump the state’s winner.—Molly Bohannon, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Cohen has hired more than a half-dozen lobbying firms and spent millions on sessions with the community to solicit feedback and support from the neighborhoods surrounding Citi Field.—Laura Nahmias, Fortune, 7 Nov. 2023 The charges include violating the state’s racketeering act, soliciting a public officer to violate their oath, conspiring to impersonate a public officer, conspiring to commit forgery in the first degree and conspiring to file false documents.—Ben Brasch, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2023 Citing documents related to the case, NBC reports that King has now been charged with eight counts by the U.S. Army, including desertion, assault of his fellow soldiers and soliciting child pornography.—Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2023 Marco Ramirez, 21, was arrested Oct. 5 and is charged with being an accomplice to soliciting or recruiting a minor to join or to remain a member of a criminal gang, organization or enterprise.—Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, 19 Oct. 2023 Travis King, the U.S. soldier who crossed into North Korea from South Korea earlier this year, has been charged by the Army with several crimes, including desertion, assaulting other soldiers and officers, and soliciting and possessing child pornography, according to documents obtained by CBS News.—Jordan Freiman, CBS News, 19 Oct. 2023 The agency solicited input from health and security officials, including in the White House, according to a U.S.A.I.D. official who was not authorized to speak publicly.—Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2023 These are individuals or organizations that offer to write or solicit fake reviews for a fee, often using AI tools or networks of fake accounts.—Kurt Knutsson, Fox News, 8 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, to disturb, promote, from Anglo-French solliciter, from Latin sollicitare to disturb, from sollicitus anxious, from sollus whole (from Oscan; akin to Greek holos whole) + citus, past participle of ciēre to move — more at safe, -kinesis