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request (communicate)

Definition:

to express the need or desire for; to ask for

Class:

communication verb (telling, asking, ordering, singing, etc.)

Past tense:

requested

Present participle:

requesting

3rd-person singular present:

requests

Type of:

communicate » convey » transfer » move

Similar to:

invite

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

She requested an extra bed in her room

Synonyms:

bespeak | call for | quest

Etymology:

From Middle English requeste, the act of requesting, from Old French, from...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of request...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

bespeak | address [synonym, sense-specific]

to engage, request, or ask for in advance | to indicate or suggest | [poetic] to speak to; address | [archaic] to foretell (20 of 329 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bespeak

Merriam-Webster:

bespeak | bespoke [past tense] | bespoken [past participle] | bespeaking [present participle] | address [synonym, sense-specific] | indicate [synonym, sense-specific] | foretell [synonym, sense-specific] | request [synonym, sense-specific] | signify [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to hire, engage, or claim beforehand | to speak to especially with formality; "address" | "request" | "indicate", "signify" ; to show beforehand; ... (20 of 122 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Wiktionary:

bespeak | bespeaks [plural] | bespoke [past tense] | bespake [archaic, past tense] | bespoken [past participle] | bespeaking [present participle] | relate [synonym, sense-specific] | foretell [synonym, sense-specific] | address [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[transitive] To speak about; tell of; relate; discuss. | [transitive] To speak for beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for; order or reserve in advance. | [transitive] To stipulate, solicit, ask for, or request, as in a favour. |... (36 of 85 words, 8 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bespeak

Oxford Dictionary:

bespeak | bespoke [past tense] | bespoken [past participle] | indicate [synonym, sense-specific]

be evidence of; indicate | order or reserve (something) in advance | [archaic] : speak to. (14 of 77 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

bespeak | bespoke [past tense] | bespoken [present participle] | bespeaking [3rd-person singular present] | bespake [archaic, past tense]

To be or give a sign of; indicate. | To engage, hire, or order in advance. | To request: [bespeak a favor.] | To foretell; portend | [archaic] To ... (25 of 70 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

bespeak | bespoke [past tense] | bespake [archaic, past tense] | bespoken [past participle] | bespeaking [present participle]

to ask for in advance. | to reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for. | [literary] to speak to; address. | to show; indicate. | ... (22 of 59 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/bespeak

New World Dictionary:

bespeak | bespoke [past tense] | bespoken [present participle]

to speak for in advance; engage beforehand; reserve | to be indicative of; show | to foreshadow; point to | [archaic] to speak to; address (22 of 54 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

bespeak [formal] | bespoke [past tense] | bespoken [past participle]

to suggest or show (4 of 18 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bespeak

Macmillan British Dictionary:

call for [transitive] | called for [past tense] | calling for [present participle] | calls for [3rd-person singular present]

to say publicly that something must happen | to make something necessary or suitable | to go somewhere and get someone or something in order to take ... (25 of 168 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples)

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Wikipedia:

Request [disambiguation]

may refer to the act of a polite demand for something. Request may also refer to: a question, a request for information | a petition, a formal document demanding something that is submitted to an authority | in computer science, a message sent between ... (42 of 148 words, 8 definitions)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

pass

opening or way by which a natural or artificial barrier can be crossed. The term "pass" is usually applied to a relatively narrow passage through a ... (26 of 108 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

bespeak | bespoke [past tense] | bespoken [past participle] | bespeaking [present participle] | bespeaks [3rd-person singular present]

to be a sign or indication of something (formal) | to ask politely for something such as a favor (formal) | to speak to somebody (literary) (24 of 75 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861590153​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

request | requested [past tense] | requesting [present participle] | requests [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: From Middle English requeste, the act of requesting, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *(rēs) requaesita, (thing) ... (17 of 33 etymology words)

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quest | quested [past tense] | questing [present participle] | quests [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English queste, from Old French, ultimately from Latin quaesta, from feminine of *quaestus, obsolete past participle of quaerere, to seek.

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Online Etymology:

request

First use: early 14th century

Origin: Old French requeste (French requête) "a request", from Vulgar Latin *requæsita, from Latin requisita "a thing asked for", ... (21 of 32 etymology words)

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quest

First use: about 1300

Origin: "a search for something" (especially of judicial inquiries or hounds seeking game), from Old French queste (French quête), properly "the ... (22 of 63 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

request | requests [plural] | requested [past tense] | requesting [present participle]

Origin: Old French requeste (French: requête), from Vulgar Latin *requæsita, from Latin requisita, feminine of requisitus ("requested, demanded"), past participle of requīrō ("require, ask").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/request

quest | quests [plural] | quested [past tense] | questing [present participle]

Origin: Partly from Anglo-Norman queste, Old French queste ("acquisition, search, hunt"), and partly from their source, Latin quaesta ("tribute, tax, inquiry, search"), noun use of quaesita, the feminine past participle of... (30 of 34 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

request

Origin: Middle English from Old French requeste from Medieval Latin requesta from feminine past participle of Vulgar Latin *requaerere: see "require"

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quest

Origin: Middle English from Old French queste from Medieval Latin questa from Vulgar Latin *quaesita, thing sought for from Latin ... (19 of 28 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

request

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French requeste, from Vulgar Latin requaerere (unattested) to seek after; see require, quest

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/request

quest

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French queste, from Latin quaesita sought, from quaerere to seek

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/quest

Oxford Dictionary:

request | on

Origin: Middle English: from Old French requeste (noun), based on Latin requirere (see "require")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/request

quest

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French queste (noun), quester (verb), based on Latin quaerere "ask, seek". See also "inquest"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/quest

Merriam-Webster:

request [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English requeste, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *requaesta, from feminine of requaestus, past participle of requaerere to require

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/request

quest [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French queste, Vulgar Latin *quaesta, from Latin, feminine of quaestus, past participle of quaerere

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/quest

Encarta Dictionary:

request | requests [plural] | requested [past tense] | requesting [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French requeste from Latin requisit-, past participle of requirere

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861700656​/definition​.html  [offline]

quest | quests [plural] | quested [past tense] | questing [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin quaesita from form of past participle of quaerere "seek"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861697995​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

request | requests [plural] | requested [past tense] | requesting [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "request"

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quest | quests [plural] | quested [past tense] | questing [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "quest"

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Collins Dictionary:

request

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quest

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

request [countable, noun] | requests [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "request"

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request [transitive, verb] | requested [past tense] | requesting [present participle] | requests [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "request"

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quest [countable, literary] | quests [plural]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

request [countable] | requests [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "request"

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request [transitive, verb] | requested [past tense] | requesting [present participle] | requests [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "request"

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quest [countable, literary] | quests [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "quest"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

request [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "request"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "request"

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quest [literary]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "quest"

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the Free Dictionary:

request

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quest

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Google Dictionary:

request | requests [plural] | requested [past tense] | requesting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "request"

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quest | quests [plural] | quested [past tense] | questing [present participle]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

request

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quest

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YourDictionary Audio:

request

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quest

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freedictionary.org:

request

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Quest

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