verb (solicits, soliciting, solicited)[with object]
- 1Ask for or try to obtain (something) from someone: he called a meeting to solicit their viewsMore example sentences
- Meanwhile, in 1967, Stuart Montgomery of Fulcrum Press in London solicited poems for another collection.
- I did not directly solicit participation at these meetings.
- Do you seek out major authors and solicit manuscripts?
- 1.1Ask (someone) for something: historians and critics are solicited for opinions by the auction housesMore example sentences
- I mean, if someone solicits you to do something like that, wouldn't you call the police?
- I solicited Robert Tagorda's expert thoughts on this subject, because he's a lot smarter where issues of grand strategy are concerned than me.
- I'm somewhat skeptical because if someone ever solicited me to kill someone, I'd call the police.
- 1.2 [no object] Accost someone and offer one’s or someone else’s services as a prostitute: (as noun soliciting) although prostitution was not itself an offense, soliciting wasMore example sentences
- Every day of the week, police cars will drive past prostitutes who are soliciting and ignore them unless it is blatant, offensive, or something of that nature.
- It was not until 1985 that the law penalized the client for kerb-crawling, even though for many years it had penalized prostitutes for soliciting in the street.
- In June 1908 the presence of high-class prostitutes soliciting on trains was reported in newspapers.
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- Never respond to spam, even to request no further solicitations.
- These largely unscrupulous banking practices that prey upon the young and gullible, with billions of mailed solicitations a year, is what often leads people into bankruptcy.
- But when I do browse through these online ads, I am in the shopping and bargain hunting mindset and open to their solicitations.
late Middle English: from Old French solliciter, from Latin sollicitare 'agitate', from sollicitus 'anxious', from sollus 'entire' + citus (past participle of ciere 'set in motion').