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 for Soliciting
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
        for alms.
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              Did I solicit thee
              From darkness to promote me?          --Milton.
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     2. To endeavor to obtain; to seek; to plead for; as, to
        solicit an office; to solicit a favor.
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              I view my crime, but kindle at the view,
              Repent old pleasures, and solicit new. --Pope.
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     3. To awake or excite to action; to rouse desire in; to
        summon; to appeal to; to invite.
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              That fruit . . . solicited her longing eye.
                                                    --Milton.
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              Sounds and some tangible qualities solicit their
              proper senses, and force an entrance to the mind.
                                                    --Locke.
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     4. To urge the claims of; to plead; to act as solicitor for
        or with reference to. [Obs.]
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              Should
              My brother henceforth study to forget
              The vow that he hath made thee, I would ever
              Solicit thy deserts.                  --Ford.
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     5. To disturb; to disquiet; -- a Latinism rarely used.
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              Hath any ill solicited thine ears?    --Chapman.
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              But anxious fears solicit my weak breast. --Dryden.
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     Syn: Syn. To beseech; ask; request; crave; supplicate;
          entreat; beg; implore; importune. See Beseech.
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