Definition of request in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈkwɛst/


1An act of asking politely or formally for something: a request for information the club’s excursion was postponed at the request of some of the members
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  • The funds raised remain in the specific country and when funds are required for an operation of a patient, then the company formally sends in a request for funds.
  • The company expects to receive a formal request for documents or a subpoena in the next few days.
  • If you haven't received something from an institution for some time, it may mean your request for change of address may not have been processed.
appeal, entreaty, plea, petition, solicitation, supplication, prayer, invocation;
demand, call, summons, requisition
literary behest
rare imploration, adjuration, obtestation, impetration, obsecration
bidding, asking, entreaty, pleading, solicitation, petitioning, supplication, begging;
demand, instance
1.1A thing that is asked for: to have our ideas taken seriously is surely a reasonable request
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  • These are reasonable requests, as Stursberg genially points out, but when he first raised the issue, some film-makers thought he was asking them to walk on water.
  • Though admittedly this was not a breakthrough idea, it was a reasonable request, so Smith's office worked with the airman to implement a solution.
  • How could Congress reject such a reasonable request?
requirement, wish, want, desire;
Latin desideratum
1.2An instruction to a computer to provide information or perform another function: the computer is busy servicing requests from other processes
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  • The tricky part, explains Hsu, is making sure that every information request made by a Web page is routed through SafeWeb's secure servers.
  • Next up an embarrassed apology of sorts as I inadvertently hit the update button on my address book filer program as a result it sprang into action issuing obscure requests and information v-cards to all and sundry.
  • However, it had to be done while processing requests for data and processing other users who were submitting data for analysis.
1.3A tune or song played on a radio programme, typically accompanied by a personal message, in response to a listener’s request.
Example sentences
  • Listeners' requests may or may not have made a difference.
  • It was initially leaked to a US radio station earlier this year, and listeners immediately flooded Djs with requests to hear it.
  • In the spirit of trying to personalize the listening experience, both XM and Sirius have made it possible for people to contact DJs and programmers with feedback and requests.
1.4 [mass noun] archaic The state of being sought after: human intelligence, which is in constant request in a family


[with object]
1Politely or formally ask for: he received the information he had requested [with clause]: the chairman requested that the reports be considered
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  • So he sends an e-mail to both his customer marketing manager and his category management analyst requesting information from their recent consumer segmentation research about marketing to moms and gatekeepers.
  • But he said the reduction in the extra time available to local authorities to decide on an application after requesting additional information had serious staffing implications.
  • Lawyers in the Caymans say that if the Irish inspectors are requesting the information as a result of an investigation into tax evasion, the legal framework will not allow the disclosure of information.
ask for, appeal for, call for, seek, solicit, plead for, put in a plea for, pray for, petition, sue for, supplicate for;
apply for, put in an application for, put in for, place an order for, put in an order for, order;
demand, require, requisition;
call on, beg, beseech, entreat, implore, importune, adjure;
invite, bid
rare obtest, impetrate, obsecrate
1.1 [with infinitive] Politely or formally ask (someone) to do something: the letter requested him to report to London
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  • We were sometimes requested to play nothing but tangos the whole evening.
  • As demand theory predicts, the higher the premium or amount a consumer is requested to pay, the less likely a consumer will be willing to pay the premium.
  • We are then requested to look amongst ourselves for a suitable replacement for a member of the performance cast who apparently resigned from the production.


by (or on) request

In response to an expressed wish: application forms are available on request
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  • But cassette and video recorders are usually available on request or at least by arrangement.
  • Don't list references or state, ‘References available on request.’
  • Information on stress cracks, starch, protein, and oil is available on request for a fee since they have been classified as ‘official criteria.’



(also requestor) noun
Example sentences
  • This means that if an agency stores its information electronically, it would no longer be able to inundate requesters with paper records.
  • Ministers prefer to leave the problem to be resolved in the courts, where disappointed placing requesters can appeal.
  • The money is then taken from the estate and used to pay the requester.


Middle English: from Old French requeste (noun), based on Latin requirere (see require).

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