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[ri-kwest] /rɪˈkwɛst/
the act of asking for something to be given or done, especially as a favor or courtesy; solicitation or petition:
At his request, they left.
an instance of this:
There have been many requests for the product.
a written statement of petition:
If you need supplies, send in a request.
something asked for:
to obtain one's request.
the state of being asked for; demand.
verb (used with object)
to ask for, especially politely or formally:
He requested permission to speak.
to ask or beg; bid (usually followed by a clause or an infinitive):
to request that he leave; to request to be excused.
to ask or beg (someone) to do something:
He requested me to go.
by request, in response or accession to a request:
The orchestra played numbers by request.
Origin of request
1300-50; Middle English requeste (noun) < Old French < Vulgar Latin *requaesita things asked for, noun use of neuter plural past participle of *requaerere to seek, for Latin requīrere. See require, quest
Related forms
requester, noun
prerequest, noun, verb (used with object)
unrequested, adjective
1. entreaty, supplication, prayer. 6. petition, supplicate. 7. See beg1 . 8. entreat, beseech. Unabridged
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  • I have brought this canister of powder at his request; but he is nowhere to be seen.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The request, thus aided by flattery, was almost unanimously granted.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Might I request the honour of being allowed to join you so far as you go?

    Eugene Aram, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It was for them to consider how far they were justified in complying with his request.

  • It was not a request, and not a demand; it was the dull statement of a need.

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
British Dictionary definitions for request


verb (transitive)
to express a desire for, esp politely; ask for or demand: to request a bottle of wine
  1. the act or an instance of requesting, esp in the form of a written statement; petition or solicitation: a request for a song
  2. (as modifier): a request programme
at the request of, in accordance with the specific demand or wish of (someone)
by request, in accordance with someone's desire
in request, in demand; popular: he is in request in concert halls all over the world
on request, on the occasion of a demand or request: application forms are available on request
Derived Forms
requester, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French requeste, from Vulgar Latin requaerere (unattested) to seek after; see require, quest
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Word Origin and History for request

mid-14c., from Old French requeste (Modern French requête) "a request," from Vulgar Latin *requaesita, from Latin requisita "a thing asked for," fem. of requisitus "requested, demanded," from past participle stem of requirere (see require).


1530s, from request (n.) or from Middle French requester, from Old French requester "ask again, request, reclaim," from requeste. Related: Requested; requesting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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