Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To seek to obtain by persuasion, entreaty, or formal application: a candidate who solicited votes among the factory workers.
  • transitive v. To petition persistently; importune: solicited the neighbors for donations.
  • transitive v. To entice or incite to evil or illegal action.
  • transitive v. To approach or accost (a person) with an offer of sexual services.
  • intransitive v. To make solicitation or petition for something desired.
  • intransitive v. To approach or accost someone with an offer of sexual services in return for payment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To persistently endeavor to obtain an object, or bring about an event.
  • v. To woo; to court.
  • v. To persuade or incite one to commit some act, especially illegal or sexual behavior.
  • v. To offer to perform sexual activity, especially when for a payment.
  • v. To make a petition.
  • v. To disturb or trouble; to harass.
  • v. To urge the claims of; to plead; to act as solicitor for or with reference to.
  • v. To disturb; to disquiet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To ask from with earnestness; to make petition to; to apply to for obtaining something.
  • transitive v. To endeavor to obtain; to seek; to plead for.
  • transitive v. To awake or excite to action; to rouse desire in; to summon; to appeal to; to invite.
  • transitive v. To urge the claims of; to plead; to act as solicitor for or with reference to.
  • transitive v. To disturb; to disquiet; -- a Latinism rarely used.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To arouse or excite to action; summon; invite; tempt; allure; entice.
  • In criminal law:
  • To incite (another) to commit a crime.
  • To entice (a man) in a public place: said of a prostitute.
  • To endeavor to bias or influence by the offer of a bribe.
  • To disturb; disquiet; make anxious.
  • To seek to obtain; strive after, especially by pleading; ask (a thing) with some degree of earnestness or persistency: as, to solicit an office or a favor; to solicit orders.
  • To petition or ask (a person) with some degree of earnestness or persistency; make petition to.
  • To advocate; plead; enforce the claims of; act as solicitor or advocate for or with reference to.
  • Synonyms and
  • Request, Beg, etc. (see ask), press, urge, pray, plead for or with, sue for.
  • To make solicitation.
  • n. Solicitation; request.

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

  • v. make amorous advances towards
  • v. make a solicitation or petition for something desired
  • v. incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination
  • v. approach with an offer of sexual favors
  • v. make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently

Etymologies

Middle English soliciten, to disturb, from Old French solliciter, from Latin sollicitāre, from sollicitus, troubled; see solicitous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French solliciter, from Latin sollicitāre, present active participle of sollicitō ("stir, disturb; look after"), from sollicitus ("agitated, anxious, punctilious", literally "thoroughly moved"), from sollus ("whole, entire") + perfect passive participle of cieō ("shake, excite, cite, to put in motion"). (Wiktionary)

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  • To seek to obtain by persuasion, entreaty, or formal application: a candidate who solicited votes among the factory workers.
    v. To petition persistently; importune: solicited the neighbors for donations.
    v. To entice or incite to evil or illegal action.
    v. To approach or accost (a person) with an offer of sexual services.
    v. To make solicitation or petition for something desired.
    v. To approach or accost someone with an offer of sexual services in return for payment.

    August 25, 2013