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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 So·lic·it v. t. [imp. & p. p. Solicited; p. pr. & vb. n. Soliciting.]
 1. To ask from with earnestness; to make petition to; to apply to for obtaining something; as, to solicit person for alms.
 Did I solicit thee
 From darkness to promote me?   --Milton.
 2. To endeavor to obtain; to seek; to plead for; as, to solicit an office; to solicit a favor.
 I view my crime, but kindle at the view,
 Repent old pleasures, and solicit new.   --Pope.
 3. To awake or excite to action; to rouse desire in; to summon; to appeal to; to invite.
    That fruit . . . solicited her longing eye.   --Milton.
    Sounds and some tangible qualities solicit their proper senses, and force an entrance to the mind.   --Locke.
 4. To urge the claims of; to plead; to act as solicitor for or with reference to. [Obs.]
 Should
 My brother henceforth study to forget
 The vow that he hath made thee, I would ever
 Solicit thy deserts.   --Ford.
 5. To disturb; to disquiet; -- a Latinism rarely used.
    Hath any ill solicited thine ears?   --Chapman.
    But anxious fears solicit my weak breast.   --Dryden.
 Syn: To beseech; ask; request; crave; supplicate; entreat; beg; implore; importune. See Beseech.