solicit

[suh-lis-it]
verb (used with object)
1.
to seek for (something) by entreaty, earnest or respectful request, formal application, etc.: He solicited aid from the minister.
2.
to entreat or petition (someone or some agency): to solicit the committee for funds.
3.
to seek to influence or incite to action, especially unlawful or wrong action.
4.
to offer to have sex with in exchange for money.
verb (used without object)
5.
to make a petition or request, as for something desired.
6.
to solicit orders or trade, as for a business: No soliciting allowed in this building.
7.
to offer to have sex with someone in exchange for money.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English soliciten < Middle French solliciter < Latin sollicitāre to excite, agitate, derivative of sollicitus troubled (soll(us) whole + -i- -i- + citus, past participle of ciēre to arouse)

presolicit, verb (used with object)
resolicit, verb
supersolicit, verb
unsolicited, adjective


2. beseech, beg. 3. excite, arouse, provoke.
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solicit (səˈlɪsɪt)
 
vb (when intr, foll by for) , -its, -iting, -ited
1.  to make a request, application, or entreaty to (a person for business, support, etc)
2.  to accost (a person) with an offer of sexual relations in return for money
3.  to provoke or incite (a person) to do something wrong or illegal
 
[C15: from Old French solliciter to disturb, from Latin sollicitāre to harass, from sollicitus agitated, from sollus whole + citus, from ciēre to excite]
 
solici'tation
 
n

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Word Origin & History

solicit
early 15c., "to disturb, trouble," from M.Fr. soliciter, from L. solicitare "to disturb, rouse," from sollicitus "agitated," from sollus "whole, entire" + citus "aroused," pp. of ciere "shake, excite, set in motion" (see cite). Meaning "to further (business affairs)" evolved
mid-15c. from M.Fr. sense of "manage affairs." The sexual sense (often in reference to prostitutes) is attested from 1701, probably from a merger of the business sense and an earlier sense of "to court or beg the favor of" (a woman), attested from 1590s.
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Example sentences
Solicit answers that relate to the puppet only knowing what a few words mean,
  having a favorite way of talking, or being shy.
Most likely, the professors will leave the universities when they can no longer
  solicit research dollars.
On the facility side, university administrators need to solicit funds from
  wealthy donors.
After the first week, solicit feedback from the students.
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