Definition of “solicit” - English Dictionary

“solicit” in British English

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uk /səˈlɪs.ɪt/ us /səˈlɪs.ɪt/

solicit verb (OFFER)

[ I ] to offer sex for money, usually in a public place

noun [ C or U ] uk /səˌlɪs.ɪˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /səˌlɪs.əˈteɪ.ʃən/ formal

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

“solicit” in American English

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solicitverb [ T ]

us /səˈlɪs·ɪt/

to ask for something in a persuasive and determined way:

He’s soliciting funds to keep the library open.
Grace has run an online campaign to solicit employee suggestions.
noun [ C/U ] us /səˌlɪs·ɪˈteɪ·ʃən/

[ C ] I get a lot of phone solicitations from banks.

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

“solicit” in Business English

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solicitverb [ T ]

uk /səˈlɪsɪt/ us

to ask someone for money:

He created a company website to solicit donations for victims of the disaster.
solicit sth from sb The group had plans to solicit money from professionals such as doctors and lawyers.

to ask someone for information or help:

The building company will circulate details of proposed developments and solicit feedback.

to contact possible customers in order to sell a product:

It generated about 40% of its new customers through telemarketers hired to call and solicit potential customers.
Insurance agents cannot solicit business at your home without an appointment.

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