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Topic: TRADE

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: solliciter 'to disturb, take charge of', from Latin sollicitare, from sollicitus; SOLICITOUS

solicit

verb
     
so‧li‧cit
1 [intransitive usually progressive] to offer to have sex with someone in exchange for money:
She was arrested for soliciting.
2 [intransitive and transitive] formal to ask someone for money, help, or information:
Morgan is accused of illegally soliciting campaign contributions.
solicit something from somebody
The governor sent two officials to Mexico City to solicit aid from the President.
3 [intransitive and transitive] American EnglishBBT to try to sell a product or service by taking it to homes or businesses and showing it to the people there:
No soliciting on company premises is allowed.
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