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.]
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.
v 1: make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request
urgently or persistently; "Henry IV solicited the Pope
for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for
different charities" [syn: beg, tap]
2: make amorous advances towards; "John is courting Mary" [syn:
woo, court, romance]
3: approach with an offer of sexual favors; "he was solicited
by a prostitute"; "The young man was caught soliciting in
the park" [syn: hook, accost]
4: incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or
insubordination; "He was accused of soliciting his
colleagues to destroy the documents"
5: make a solicitation or petition for something desired; "She
is too shy to solicit"