V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to ask someone for something, especially money, advice, favors, help, or information; 2. to move or persuade someone to do something illegal
Synonyms: sell, ask, beg, demand, implore, request, seek, incite, influence, urge, seduce, accost
Antonyms: deny, refuse, oppose, reject
Tips: Solicit is derived from the Latin solicitare, which means "to rouse or disturb." In simple terms, solicit means "to ask for," usually in a disrupting and disturbing manner, often for something illegal or inappropriate. You have probably seen signs on doors of businesses that read "no soliciting," which essentially means "Do not come and request something of us." Solicitiation is the act of asking a prostitute for sex. The related adjective solicitous means "attentive to detail" or "full of concern."
She went door-to-door to solicit money for the charity. (ask, request, seek)
He will solicit his friends for a ride to the airport. (ask, request)
Try to see if you can solicit his help on the project. (recruit, request)
He tried to solicit his assistant to shred the incriminating documents, but she was unwilling to participate in the illicit scheme. (influence, urge)
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