request

To request something means to formally ask for it. If you're sick of always getting a middle seat on the airplane, put in a request for the aisle or window next time.

You can request something you want, like extra cheese on your pizza, or a better parking space, but you can also "put in a request." Request has a formal quality, as in "request forms." After all, you won't find any "ask forms" out there. Asking for something is one thing, making a request is another. It's more official. If you want to request a certain professor, you'd better put in a request!

Definitions of request
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v express the need or desire for; ask for

“She requested an extra bed in her room”
Synonyms:
bespeak, call for, quest
call for, invite
request the participation or presence of
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order
make a request for something
ask
make a request or demand for something to somebody
encore
request an encore, from a performer
petition
write a petition for something to somebody; request formally and in writing
demand
request urgently and forcefully
appeal, invoke
request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection
supplicate
ask for humbly or earnestly, as in prayer
apply
ask (for something)
beg, solicit, tap
make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently
reserve
obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance
challenge
ask for identification
beg off, excuse
ask for permission to be released from an engagement
demand
ask to be informed of
claim
ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example
call for, invite
request the participation or presence of
ask in, invite
ask to enter
desire
express a desire for
beg
ask to obtain free
arrogate, claim, lay claim
demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to
ask over, ask round, invite
invite someone to one's house
call
call a meeting; invite or command to meet
ask out, invite out, take out
make a date
book, hold, reserve
arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
want
wish or demand the presence of
reorder
make a new request to be supplied with
place
to arrange for
solicit
make a solicitation or petition for something desired
call
order or request or give a command for
ask, expect, require
consider obligatory; request and expect
supplicate
make a humble, earnest petition
plead
appeal or request earnestly
clamor, clamour
make loud demands
quest
seek alms, as for religious purposes
call on, turn
have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to
book up
book all available places or tickets
dun
persistently ask for overdue payment
wish
order politely; express a wish for
demand, exact
claim as due or just
counterclaim
set up a claim in opposition to a previous claim
ask
require or ask for as a price or condition
demand
lay legal claim to
put in, submit
make an application as for a job or funding
call in
summon to enter
cadge, schnorr, scrounge, shnorr
obtain or seek to obtain by cadging or wheedling
panhandle
beg by accosting people in the street and asking for money
pretend
put forward a claim and assert right or possession of
requisition
demand and take for use or service, especially by military or public authority for public service
arrogate, assign
make undue claims to having
hold open, keep, keep open, save
retain rights to
canvas, canvass
solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
buttonhole, lobby
detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors
commission
place an order for
Type of:
communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across
transmit information

v inquire for (information)

“I requested information from the secretary”
Types:
seek
inquire for
Type of:
enquire, inquire, wonder
have a wish or desire to know something

v ask (a person) to do something

“I requested that she type the entire manuscript”
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enjoin, order, say, tell
give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
call
order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role
bid, invite
ask someone in a friendly way to do something
declare oneself, offer, pop the question, propose
ask (someone) to marry you
direct
command with authority
instruct
give instructions or directions for some task
command, require
make someone do something
call, send for
order, request, or command to come
allure, tempt
dispose or incline or entice to
warn
ask to go away
challenge
issue a challenge to
Type of:
ask
make a request or demand for something to somebody

n a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority

Synonyms:
petition, postulation
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application
a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school
appeal, collection, ingathering, solicitation
request for a sum of money
demand
an urgent or peremptory request
job application
an application for a job
credit application
an application for a line of credit
loan application
an application to borrow money
patent application
an application for sole rights to an invention
whip-round
(British) solicitation of money usually for a benevolent purpose
challenge
a demand by a sentry for a password or identification
ultimatum
a final peremptory demand
insistence, insisting
continual and persistent demands
call, claim
a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"
requisition
the act of requiring; an authoritative request or demand, especially by a military or public authority that takes something over (usually temporarily) for military or public use
call
a demand for a show of hands in a card game
call, margin call
a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement
pay claim, wage claim
the wage demanded from management for workers by their union representatives
Type of:
content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

n the verbal act of requesting

Synonyms:
asking
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notice, notification
a request for payment
indirect request, wish
an expression of some desire or inclination
invitation
a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something
appeal, entreaty, prayer
earnest or urgent request
orison, petition, prayer
reverent petition to a deity
call
a request
billing, charge
request for payment of a debt
trick or treat
a request by children on Halloween; they pass from door to door asking for goodies and threatening to play tricks on those who refuse
inquiring, questioning
a request for information
order
a request for something to be made, supplied, or served
callback, recall
a request by the manufacturer of a defective product to return the product (as for replacement or repair)
prayer wheel
a cylinder with prayers written on it; each revolution counts as uttering the prayers; used especially by Buddhists in Tibet
bidding, summons
a request to be present
invite
a colloquial expression for invitation
adjuration
a solemn and earnest appeal to someone to do something
demagoguery, demagogy
impassioned appeals to the prejudices and emotions of the populace
plea, supplication
a humble request for help from someone in authority
solicitation
an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status
suit
a petition or appeal made to a person of superior status or rank
courting, courtship, suit, wooing
a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage)
benediction, blessing
a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
collect
a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England
commination
prayers proclaiming God's anger against sinners; read in the Church of England on Ash Wednesday
deprecation
a prayer to avert or remove some evil or disaster
blessing, grace, thanksgiving
a short prayer of thanks before a meal
intercession
a prayer to God on behalf of another person
invocation, supplication
a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
requiescat
a prayer for the repose of the soul of a dead person
recall
a call to return
presentment
a document that must be accepted and paid by another person
challenge
questioning a statement and demanding an explanation
enquiry, inquiry, interrogation, query, question
an instance of questioning
examination, interrogation, interrogatory
formal systematic questioning
short order
an order for food that can be prepared quickly
Type of:
speech act
the use of language to perform some act

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