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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

Americal Dictionary of the English Language

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Solicit

SOLIC'IT, verb transitive [Latin solicito. I know not whether this word is somple or compound; probably the latter.]

1. To ask with some degree of earnestness; to make petition to; to apply to for obtaining something. This word implies earnestness in seeking, but I think less earnestness in seeking, but I tinks less earnestness than beg, implore, entreat. and importune, and more than ask or request; as when we say, a man solicits the minister for an office; he solicits his father for a favor. Did I solicit thee form darkness to promote me?

2. TO ask for with some degree of earnestness; to seek by petition; as, to solicit an office; to solicit a favor.

3. To awake or excite to action; to summon; 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 attempt; to try to obtain. I view my crime, but kindle at the view, repeat old pleasures and solicit nes.

5. TO disturb; to disquiet; a Latinism rarely used. But anxious fears solicit my weak breast.