Synonyms & Antonyms of request

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1 an act or instance of asking for information
  • the medical columnist is unable to answer individual requests for specific information on various disorders

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2 the state of being sought after especially for purchase
  • reliable babysitters are much in request, especially on weekends

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Synonyms & Antonyms of request (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to give a request or demand for
  • a notice requesting that I report for jury duty on Monday morning

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2 to make a request for
  • request extra ketchup for my fries

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3 to make a request of
  • a letter from the First Lady graciously requesting the chorus to perform at the White House

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How is the word request distinct from other similar verbs?

The words ask and solicit are common synonyms of request. While all three words mean "to seek to obtain by making one's wants known," request implies greater formality and courtesy.

requests the pleasure of your company

In what contexts can ask take the place of request?

While in some cases nearly identical to request, ask implies no more than the statement of the desire.

ask a favor of a friend

When is it sensible to use solicit instead of request?

The words solicit and request are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, solicit suggests a calling attention to one's wants or desires by public announcement or advertisement.

a letter soliciting information

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

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“Request.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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