Meaning of “request” in the English Dictionary

"request" in British English

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uk /rɪˈkwest/ us /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).

[ 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.

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requestverb [ T ]

uk /rɪˈkwest/ us /rɪˈkwest/ formal

B1 to ask for something politely or officially:

[ + that ] We requested that the next meeting be held on a Friday.
[ + obj + to infinitive ] Visitors are requested not to walk on the grass.
I requested a taxi for eight o'clock.

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(Definition of “request” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"request" in American English

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requestnoun [ C/U ]

us /rɪˈkwest/

an act of asking for something, or the thing asked for:

[ C ] The library gets a lot of requests for books about new babies.
[ U ] An application will be sent to you upon request (= if you ask).
verb [ T ] us /rɪˈkwest/

[ + that clause ] The caller requested that his name not be mentioned on the air.

(Definition of “request” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"request" in Business English

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requestverb [ I or T ]

uk /rɪˈkwest/ us formal

to ask for something:

They've requested a formal meeting to discuss the issue.
Here are the documents you requested.
We need to request permission to use these photos in the ad.
request that The CEO has requested that all senior staff attend the reception.

requestnoun [ C ]

uk /rɪˈkwest/ us formal

a question in which you ask for something:

They have not yet responded to our request for information.
make a request (for sth) They have made a formal request for access to our financial records.
at the request of sb/at sb's request Changes were made to the contract at the request of our partners.
decline/turn down a request
receive a request
respond to a request
on request

if something is available on request, you have to ask for it if you want it:

A schedule of fees is available on request.

(Definition of “request” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)