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.