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.

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

requester, noun
prerequest, noun, verb (used with object)
unrequested, adjective

1. entreaty, supplication, prayer. 6. petition, supplicate. 7. See beg. 8. entreat, beseech. Unabridged
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request (rɪˈkwɛst)
1.  to express a desire for, esp politely; ask for or demand: to request a bottle of wine
2.  a.  the act or an instance of requesting, esp in the form of a written statement; petition or solicitation: a request for a song
 b.  (as modifier): a request programme
3.  at the request of in accordance with the specific demand or wish of (someone)
4.  by request in accordance with someone's desire
5.  in request in demand; popular: he is in request in concert halls all over the world
6.  on request on the occasion of a demand or request: application forms are available on request
[C14: from Old French requeste, from Vulgar Latin requaerere (unattested) to seek after; see require, quest]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. requeste (Fr. requête) "a request," from V.L. *requæsita, from L. requisita "a thing asked for," fem. of requisitus "requested, demanded" (see requisite). The verb is first recorded 1530s.
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Example sentences for requesting
In law, an appeal is a process for requesting a formal change to an official decision.
Those left in the house were soon confronted by troops requesting that they leave.
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