The Definition of Solicit

Contrary to popular belief, soliciting is not specifically defined
by the request for money or the sale of goods.

Here is what Merriam-Webster has to say:


Main Entry: so-lic-it

Pronunciation: \sə-li-sət\

Function: verb

Etymology: Middle English, to disturb, promote, from Anglo-French solliciter, from Latin sollicitare to disturb, from sollicitus anxious, from sollus whole (from Oscan; akin to Greek holos whole) + citus, past participle of ciere to move

Date: 15th century

transitive verb 1 a: to make petition to : ENTREAT b: to approach with a request or plea 2: to urge (as one's cause) strongly 3 a: to entice or lure especially into evil b: to proposition (someone) especially as or in the character of a prostitute 4: to try to obtain by usually urgent requests or pleas

intransitive verb 1: to make solicitation : IMPORTUNE 2 of a prostitute : to offer to have sexual relations with someone for money

synonyms see ASK

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