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request

noun     /rɪˈkwest/
B1 [C or U] the act of politely or officially asking for something: They received hundreds of requests for more information . [+ to infinitive] The boss refused our request to leave work early. The clause was added to the contract at Carlos's request (= because Carlos asked for this). An application form will be sent to you on request (= if you ask ). → Compare order nounMaking appeals and requests [C] a song or something similar that someone has asked to be included in a show or on the radio : The next song is a request from/for Roz in Oxford .Programmes and other broadcasts order nounGrammar:RequestsWhen we make a request, we ask someone for something, or we ask someone to do something.Grammar:Asking for somethingThere are different ways of asking for something. We usually ask for something in a polite and indirect way, for example, using can, could, would you mind if and may:Grammar:Asking someone to do somethingThere are a number of ways of asking someone to do something in a polite and indirect way. We often use please to make our requests more polite:
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