request

1 of 2

noun

re·​quest ri-ˈkwest How to pronounce request (audio)
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

2 of 2

verb

requested; requesting; requests

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
Choose the Right Synonym for request

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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Ukraine’s request for auto-transformers at the moment focuses mainly on Soviet-era equipment in Eastern European countries, which is more compatible with Ukraine’s high-voltage network. Daryna Mayer, NBC News, 20 Jan. 2023 Lachazo’s lawyer, an assistant Palm Beach public defender, did not respond to a request for comment Friday. Rafael Olmeda, Sun Sentinel, 20 Jan. 2023 Trustees recently voted 5-1 in favor of revisions to the development agreement and rezoning per the request of the current developer. Linda Girardi, Chicago Tribune, 20 Jan. 2023 Apple didn’t immediately reply to The Verge’s request for comment on why the price hikes were happening in certain locations. Mitchell Clark, The Verge, 20 Jan. 2023 When the county's Planning and Zoning Board voted 6-1 to deny the permit, Neil Helm cast the lone vote in favor of the permit request. Tom Sissom, Arkansas Online, 20 Jan. 2023 Gurian and her peers in the field are in the process of scheduling a meeting with CMS, which did not respond to ProPublica’s request for comment. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, 20 Jan. 2023 The United States has not agreed to Ukraine's request for U.S. Abrams tanks, citing its need for maintenance and jet fuel. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 20 Jan. 2023 The request was denied by attorney David Schwartz, who cited approximately $150,000 in funds issued to Jenkins-Hernandez each year to cover Avielle's daily expenses. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 20 Jan. 2023
Verb
Abbott did not request the agencies investigate the matter. Dallas News, 4 Jan. 2023 Perennial Division 2 contenders Mansfield and Milford were placed in D3 under the new alignment and did not request an appeal. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Dec. 2022 Bing never did request a transfer to a different store, the friend said. Joe Heim, Justin Wm. Moyer And Marissa J. Lang, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Dec. 2022 Garrett did not request a hearing to contest the action, and his license was revoked Nov. 7. Christy Gutowski, Chicago Tribune, 1 Dec. 2022 Late Monday, Moscow threatened to board ships that didn’t request permission from Russia before leaving Ukraine. Jared Malsin, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2022 Late Tuesday, a spokesperson for De León said the council member did not request an investigation. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2022 But students also described being surprised that Dr. Jones was fired, a measure the petition did not request and students did not think was possible. Stephanie Saul, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2022 Look online for dealerships that offer incentives for trade-ins and request a trade in quote. Elizabeth Rivelli, Car and Driver, 9 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English requeste, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *requaesta, from feminine of requaestus, past participle of requaerere to require

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Request.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/request. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

request

1 of 2 noun
re·​quest ri-ˈkwest How to pronounce request (audio)
1
: an asking for something
2
: something asked for
granted me three requests
3
: the condition of being requested
tickets are available upon request

request

2 of 2 verb
1
: to make a request to or of
2
: to ask for
requester noun
or requestor

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