from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To express a desire for; ask for. Often used with an infinitive or clause: requested information about the experiment; requested to see the evidence firsthand; requested that the bus driver stop at the next corner.
  • transitive v. To ask (a person) to do something: The police requested her to accompany them.
  • n. The act of asking.
  • n. Something asked for.
  • idiom by request In response to an expressed desire: We are offering these scarves for sale again by request.
  • idiom in request In great demand: a pianist in great request.
  • idiom on When asked for: References are available on request.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Act of requesting.
  • n. Formal message requesting something.
  • n. Condition of being sought after.
  • v. to express the need or desire for
  • v. to ask somebody to do something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of asking for anything desired; expression of desire or demand; solicitation; prayer; petition; entreaty.
  • n. That which is asked for or requested.
  • n. A state of being desired or held in such estimation as to be sought after or asked for; demand.
  • transitive v. To ask for (something); to express desire ffor; to solicit.
  • transitive v. To address with a request; to ask.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a request for; ask; solicit; express desire for.
  • To express a request to; ask.
  • Synonyms Beg. Beseech, etc., (see ask), desire, petition for.
  • n. The expression of desire to some person for something to be granted or done; an asking; a petition; a prayer; an entreaty.
  • n. That which is asked for or requested.
  • n. A question.
  • n. The state of being desired, or held in such estimation as to be sought after, pursued, or asked for.
  • n. An English tribunal of a special jurisdiction for the recovery of small debts.
  • n. Letters formerly granted by the Lord Privy Seal preparatory to granting letters of marque.
  • n. Synonyms Petition, Suit, etc. (see prayer), solicitation. See ask.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. ask (a person) to do something
  • v. express the need or desire for; ask for
  • n. the verbal act of requesting
  • v. inquire for (information)
  • n. a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority


From Middle English requeste, the act of requesting, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *(rēs) requaesita, (thing) requested, from alteration of Latin requīsīta, feminine past participle of requīrere, to ask for; see require.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French requeste (French: requête), from Vulgar Latin *requæsita, from Latin requisita, feminine of requisitus ("requested, demanded"), past participle of requīrō ("require, ask"). (Wiktionary)



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