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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
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.]
1. To ask from with earnestness; to make petition to; to
apply to for obtaining something; as, to solicit person
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.
Sounds and some tangible qualities solicit their
proper senses, and force an entrance to the mind.
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: Syn. To beseech; ask; request; crave; supplicate;
entreat; beg; implore; importune. See Beseech.
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