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.

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. Milton.

Sounds and some tangible qualities solicit their proper senses, and force an entrance to the mind. Locke.

4.

To urge the claims of; to plead; to act as solicitor for or with reference to.

[Obs.]

Should 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. To beseech; ask; request; crave; supplicate; entreat; beg; implore; importune. See Beseech.

 

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