Definition of solicit in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈlɪsɪt/

verb (solicits, soliciting, solicited)

1 [with object] Ask for or try to obtain (something) from someone: he called a meeting to solicit their views [no object]: don’t solicit for money
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  • 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 houses
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  • 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.
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 offence, soliciting was
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  • 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.
work as a prostitute, engage in prostitution, accost people, make sexual advances, tout (for business)
North American informal hustle


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').

Words that rhyme with solicit

complicit, elicit, explicit, illicit, implicit, licit

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