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English verb: solicit

1. solicit (communication) make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently

SamplesHenry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce.
My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities.

Synonymsbeg, tap

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request

Narrower (hyponym)buttonhole, canvas, canvass, lobby, quest

2. solicit (social) make amorous advances towards

SamplesJohn is courting Mary.

ExamplesSam cannot solicit Sue

Synonymscourt, romance, woo

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)chase, chase after, display

3. solicit (communication) approach with an offer of sexual favors

SamplesHe was solicited by a prostitute.
The young man was caught soliciting in the park.

Synonymsaccost, hook

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)offer

Verb grouphook, snare

4. solicit (communication) incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination

SamplesHe was accused of soliciting his colleagues to destroy the documents.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate

5. solicit (communication) make a solicitation or petition for something desired

SamplesShe is too shy to solicit.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)ask

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