solicit

solicit
solicit so‧li‧cit [səˈlɪst] verb [transitive]
1. formal to ask someone for information or help:

• She called meetings to solicit the views of her staff.

2. disapproving to ask someone for money:
solicit something from somebody

• He admitted that he solicited $34 million from 1,000 investors.

3. to sell something by taking orders for a product or service, usually by going to people's houses or businesses:

• The office products supplier regularly solicits business in North Dakota.

— solicitation noun [countable, uncountable] :

• direct mail solicitations

• door-to-door solicitation

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solicit UK US /səˈlɪsɪt/ verb [T]
to ask someone for money: »

He created a company website to solicit donations for victims of the disaster.

solicit sth from sb »

The group had plans to solicit money from professionals such as doctors and lawyers.

to ask someone for information or help: »

The building company will circulate details of proposed developments and solicit feedback.

to contact possible customers in order to sell a product: »

It generated about 40% of its new customers through telemarketers hired to call and solicit potential customers.

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Insurance agents cannot solicit business at your home without an appointment.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Solicit — So*lic it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Solicited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Soliciting}.] [F. sollicier, L. sollicitare, solicitare, atum, fr. sollicitus wholly (i. e., violently) moved; sollus whole + citus, p. p. of ciere to move, excite. See {Solemn}, {Cite} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • solicit — so·lic·it /sə li sət/ vt 1: to make petition to solicit the court 2: to ask, induce, advise, or command (a person) to do something and esp. to commit a crime compare coerce, importune …   Law dictionary

  • solicit — [sə lis′it] vt. [ME soliciten < MFr solliciter < L sollicitare < sollicitus: see SOLICITOUS] 1. to ask or seek earnestly or pleadingly; appeal to or for [to solicit aid, to solicit members for donations] 2. to tempt or entice (someone)… …   English World dictionary

  • solicit — (v.) early 15c., to disturb, trouble, from M.Fr. soliciter, from L. solicitare to disturb, rouse, from sollicitus agitated, from sollus whole, entire + citus aroused, pp. of ciere shake, excite, set in motion (see CITE (Cf. cite)). Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • solicit — 1 *ask, request Analogous words: *resort, refer, apply, go, turn: *beg, entreat, beseech, implore, supplicate 2 *invite, bid, court, woo Analogous words: importune, adjure (see BEG): * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • solicit — [v] plead for; try to sell accost, apply, approach, ask, beg, beseech, bespeak, bum, cadge, call, canvass, challenge, claim, come on to*, crave, demand, desire, drum*, drum up*, entreat, exact, go, hawk, hit on*, hit up*, hustle, implore,… …   New thesaurus

  • solicit — ► VERB (solicited, soliciting) 1) ask for or try to obtain (something) from someone. 2) ask for something from. 3) accost someone and offer one s or someone else s services as a prostitute. DERIVATIVES solicitation noun. ORI …   English terms dictionary

  • solicit — [[t]səlɪ̱sɪt[/t]] solicits, soliciting, solicited 1) VERB If you solicit money, help, support, or an opinion from someone, you ask them for it. [FORMAL] [V n] He s already solicited their support on health care reform... [V n from n] No tuition… …   English dictionary

  • solicit — UK [səˈlɪsɪt] / US verb Word forms solicit : present tense I/you/we/they solicit he/she/it solicits present participle soliciting past tense solicited past participle solicited 1) [transitive] formal to ask someone for something such as money or… …   English dictionary

  • solicit — so•lic•it [[t]səˈlɪs ɪt[/t]] v. t. 1) to try to obtain by earnest plea or application: to solicit aid[/ex] 2) to entreat; petition: to solicit the committee for funds[/ex] 3) to seek to influence or incite to action, esp. unlawful or wrong action …   From formal English to slang

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