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solicit

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1 to go around and approach (people) with a request for opinions or information
  • solicited several opinions about which job he should accept

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2 to make a request for
  • always ready to solicit donations for a charity

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3 to make a request of
  • solicited him to join the team

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4 to make a request to (someone) in an earnest or urgent manner
  • solicit the President for relief funds

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5 to lead away from a usual or proper course by offering some pleasure or advantage
  • how many men have been solicited into purchasing bogus aids for "male enhancement" by shameless appeals to their vanity?

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How is the word solicit distinct from other similar verbs?

The words ask and request are common synonyms of solicit. While all three words mean "to seek to obtain by making one's wants known," solicit suggests a calling attention to one's wants or desires by public announcement or advertisement.

a letter soliciting information

When is ask a more appropriate choice than solicit?

The words ask and solicit can be used in similar contexts, but ask implies no more than the statement of the desire.

ask a favor of a friend

Where would request be a reasonable alternative to solicit?

The words request and solicit are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, request implies greater formality and courtesy.

requests the pleasure of your company

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The first known use of solicit was in the 15th century

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“Solicit.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/solicit. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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