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[suh-lis-it] /səˈlɪs ɪt/
verb (used with object)
to seek for (something) by entreaty, earnest or respectful request, formal application, etc.:
He solicited aid from the minister.
to entreat or petition (someone or some agency):
to solicit the committee for funds.
to seek to influence or incite to action, especially unlawful or wrong action.
to offer to have sex with in exchange for money.
verb (used without object)
to make a petition or request, as for something desired.
to solicit orders or trade, as for a business:
No soliciting allowed in this building.
to offer to have sex with someone in exchange for money.
Origin of solicit
late Middle English
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)
Related forms
presolicit, verb (used with object)
resolicit, verb
supersolicit, verb
unsolicited, adjective
2. beseech, beg. 3. excite, arouse, provoke. Unabridged
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  • And if a tent is to be pitched, first of all the protection of good ginns must be solicited in that spot.

  • It has been solicited on the gentleman's part, but none has been made.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • In this disguise he sought the dwelling of an old bachelor uncle, and solicited his charity.

    Roughing it in the Bush Susanna Moodie
  • I have been solicited by many friends to become a candidate for the Legislature.

  • They do, indeed, offer him counsel where he solicited help, which is a true stroke of nature on both sides.

British Dictionary definitions for solicited


verb -its, -iting, -ited
when intr, foll by for. to make a request, application, or entreaty to (a person for business, support, etc)
to accost (a person) with an offer of sexual relations in return for money
to provoke or incite (a person) to do something wrong or illegal
Derived Forms
solicitation, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French solliciter to disturb, from Latin sollicitāre to harass, from sollicitus agitated, from sollus whole + citus, from ciēre to excite
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Word Origin and History for solicited



early 15c., "to disturb, trouble," from Middle French soliciter (14c.), from Latin sollicitare "to disturb, rouse, trouble, harass; stimulate, provoke," from sollicitus "agitated," from sollus "whole, entire" + citus "aroused," past participle of ciere "shake, excite, set in motion" (see cite). Related: Solicited; soliciting.

Meaning "entreat, petition" is from 1520s. Meaning "to further (business affairs)" evolved mid-15c. from Middle French sense of "manage affairs." The sexual sense (often in reference to prostitutes) is attested from 1710, 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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