Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To seek to obtain by persuasion, entreaty, or formal application.
  • intransitive verb To petition persistently; importune.
  • intransitive verb To commit the criminal offense of enticing or inciting (another) to commit an illegal act.
  • intransitive verb To approach or accost (a person) with an offer of sex in exchange for payment.
  • intransitive verb To make solicitation or petition for something desired.
  • intransitive verb To approach or accost someone with an offer of sex in exchange for payment.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun Solicitation; request.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English soliciten, to disturb, from Old French solliciter, from Latin sollicitāre, from sollicitus, troubled; see solicitous.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

Examples

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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