Definition of request in English:



  • 1An act of asking politely or formally for something:

    ‘a request for information’
    ‘the club's excursion was postponed at the request of some of the members’
    • ‘A group representing the company's 300 pensioners has been refused a request for a meeting with management and told that they will not get any shares in the floated company.’
    • ‘Guo's wife said in a deposition that ‘the underground bank was opened at the request of aunt in Fujian Province,’ they said.’
    • ‘For instance, they took care to include materials recycling in the construction request for proposals.’
    • ‘A seller accepted their offer to buy a house, but agents representing name-brand insurance companies rejected their request for insurance.’
    • ‘The group filed a request for safeguards in February over imports from China and Vietnam, leading the ministry to conduct a six-month probe into whether to impose the restriction.’
    • ‘According to Raoof, many of the features introduced into DB2 are either at the request of application vendors or in anticipation of requirements they may have.’
    • ‘At the time of going to print, I haven't received an answer from the Chancellor to my request for Council to abide by the simple rules of natural justice and set fees in term time.’
    • ‘The funds raised remain in the specific country and when funds are required for an operation of a patient, then the company formally sends in a request for funds.’
    • ‘If you haven't received something from an institution for some time, it may mean your request for change of address may not have been processed.’
    • ‘At the request of the Russian prosecutors, the Swiss authorities have also recently frozen $5bn in bank accounts belonging to Khodorkovsky and his associates.’
    • ‘‘Indeed, at the request of the liquidator, we are preparing an account of the situation and will have a surplus to hand over to him, we think,’ he said.’
    • ‘The company expects to receive a formal request for documents or a subpoena in the next few days.’
    • ‘Persons 16 years and older can make an advance ‘written statement containing a request for termination of life’ which the physician may carry out.’
    • ‘A few days later, Turkey officially approached its other NATO partners with a request for more help.’
    • ‘Yet last year, at the request of the police, the film was banned from being shown in Turkey, which gives some indication of just how politically sensitive the Kurdish question was there at that time.’
    • ‘The feeling of paranoia is strong throughout while the scenes relating to the request for political asylum are chilling in the current, particularly given the current political climate of intolerance.’
    • ‘It may have been that the request for the gun discouraged them, or it may have been for other reasons, but in their wisdom they never appeared.’
    • ‘At the request of a third party, Lucire interviewed 319 patients in litigation over arm pain.’
    • ‘Were these alterations by Holbein, at More's request, or by Lockey, at the request of More's descendants?’
    • ‘A ninth lane is being added to the running track at the request of international athletes, and a media zone is being created.’
    appeal, entreaty, plea, petition, solicitation, supplication, prayer, invocation
    bidding, asking, entreaty, pleading, solicitation, petitioning, supplication, begging
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    1. 1.1 A thing that is asked for:
      ‘to have our ideas taken seriously is surely a reasonable request’
      • ‘The Human Rights Commission has turned down a request by Murphy to attend his appeal as an observer.’
      • ‘But employers can refuse the request if they have a clear business reason for objecting.’
      • ‘A request has to be made with reason given before the principal grants permission.’
      • ‘All of these assignments and requests for prayer are done through the Internet.’
      • ‘Whether autumn brings these requests to an end altogether, or the appeal changes to ‘let's enjoy winter together doing nanpa!’’
      • ‘He pretends to comply with Tamora's request and summons his son Lucius to his house, but he also offers to arrange for a banquet to entertain his guests.’
      • ‘How could Congress reject such a reasonable request?’
      • ‘Though admittedly this was not a breakthrough idea, it was a reasonable request, so Smith's office worked with the airman to implement a solution.’
      • ‘Either way, the landlord will probably want the right to review the person you pick, and that is a reasonable request.’
      • ‘She begins to curse the summoner for his unfair request, saying that she would like to give his body to the devil.’
      • ‘Their reasons for making a request don't even come into it and requests are only refused if they have a clear, negative impact on the business.’
      • ‘These are reasonable requests, as Stursberg genially points out, but when he first raised the issue, some film-makers thought he was asking them to walk on water.’
      • ‘Why do the inhabitants of the future grant the man's request when they surely know what will happen to him when he returns to his past?’
      requirement, wish, want, desire
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    2. 1.2 An instruction to a computer to provide information or perform another function:
      ‘the computer is busy servicing requests from other processes’
      • ‘However, it had to be done while processing requests for data and processing other users who were submitting data for analysis.’
      • ‘The tricky part, explains Hsu, is making sure that every information request made by a Web page is routed through SafeWeb's secure servers.’
      • ‘Lipsky realized that the same sequence of electronic requests and deliveries could be used to track a browser after it clicks on an ad and gets linked to an advertiser's Web site.’
      • ‘Next up an embarrassed apology of sorts as I inadvertently hit the update button on my address book filer program as a result it sprang into action issuing obscure requests and information v-cards to all and sundry.’
      • ‘If not, the request is passed to another neighbor that the first computer doesn't know about.’
    3. 1.3 A tune or song played on a radio programme, typically accompanied by a personal message, in response to a listener's request.
      • ‘Within the first three days of them trying the song, it was already Top Five for requests on the phones.’
      • ‘It was initially leaked to a US radio station earlier this year, and listeners immediately flooded Djs with requests to hear it.’
      • ‘In the spirit of trying to personalize the listening experience, both XM and Sirius have made it possible for people to contact DJs and programmers with feedback and requests.’
      • ‘Listeners' requests may or may not have made a difference.’
      • ‘A live disc jockey, on air from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. eastern time, will take e-mail requests and conduct interviews with prominent women.’
      • ‘These requests prompt the repetitive playing of a singer's song, which is the goal of promotion.’
    4. 1.4archaic [mass noun] The state of being sought after:
      ‘human intelligence, which is in constant request in a family’


  • 1 Politely or formally ask for:

    ‘he received the information he had requested’
    [with clause] ‘the chairman requested that the reports be considered’
    • ‘The first step in becoming certified is to request an application/information package.’
    • ‘When the story was being written, Mr. Scolamiero did not return repeated Dance Magazine phone calls requesting information.’
    • ‘But he said the reduction in the extra time available to local authorities to decide on an application after requesting additional information had serious staffing implications.’
    • ‘Local authorities are quick to deny responsibility for problems and slow to provide requested information, he said.’
    • ‘It restated that the consortium was fully funded, that it had carried out due diligence within five days and requested a second tranche of information from the company.’
    • ‘The Barron Inquiry has no powers to request information or compliance with the inquiry, and is entirely dependent on the voluntary co-operation of others.’
    • ‘Your employer may have special forms that you must complete in order to request a loan.’
    • ‘Mobile phone records and utility bills might also be requested in order to establish whether the residency laws were observed.’
    • ‘So he sends an e-mail to both his customer marketing manager and his category management analyst requesting information from their recent consumer segmentation research about marketing to moms and gatekeepers.’
    • ‘More information will be requested if the company is of interest.’
    • ‘If not, then it is up to you to request this information.’
    • ‘If you send out information two months after a consumer requested it, that's not timely.’
    • ‘As soon as you establish confidentiality, you should request financial information.’
    • ‘Lawyers in the Caymans say that if the Irish inspectors are requesting the information as a result of an investigation into tax evasion, the legal framework will not allow the disclosure of information.’
    • ‘In March 1872, the United States Senate passed a resolution requesting information from the Department of War on the progress of the survey.’
    • ‘But other inmates as well as guards routinely sought him out for autographs or to request writing tips or advice on their appeals.’
    • ‘The watchdog has written to a number of manufacturers and retailers requesting information about the issue.’
    • ‘Valtemand reports finally that Norway requests peaceful passage through Denmark in order to reach Poland.’
    • ‘Sitting back down, Brock politely requests a tube of Super Glue.’
    • ‘More tellingly, in the case of Finnegan, the auctioneer requested his Jersey solicitors to give him a new name as one of the stated owners of Canio.’
    ask for, appeal for, call for, seek, solicit, plead for, put in a plea for, pray for, petition, sue for, supplicate for
    apply for, put in an application for, put in for, place an order for, put in an order for, order
    demand, require, requisition
    call on, beg, beseech, entreat, implore, importune, adjure
    invite, bid
    obtest, impetrate, obsecrate
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    1. 1.1[with infinitive] Politely or formally ask (someone) to do something:
      ‘the letter requested him to report to London’
      • ‘Reached for comment, the MD of Barden International Mr Kano Smith, requested to be sent the questions via email.’
      • ‘It was an ode to peace in English requesting Lord Krishna to come down to earth and resolve the conflicts of the world.’
      • ‘The survey instrument was presented as an electronic version on the internet and students were requested to complete it.’
      • ‘He said some of the actors have requested to leave the production for other career prospects, which he said will not affect the production.’
      • ‘Joshua himself appeared reluctant to criticize the work of other carvers, publicly at least, unless requested to do so.’
      • ‘In a day or two after, I was requested to attend the judge's court, which was crowded with Europeans and natives.’
      • ‘As demand theory predicts, the higher the premium or amount a consumer is requested to pay, the less likely a consumer will be willing to pay the premium.’
      • ‘But Candide could not be happy without Cunegonde, and he requested to leave that land of paradise in search of his beloved.’
      • ‘Even though we have a notice on our shopping cart requesting customers to phone in their order if it can't be processed by WorldPay, generally they don't bother - they give up.’
      • ‘Hess came to his radical views after writing to Murray Rothbard and requesting to meet him.’
      • ‘The charge varies depending on which and how many masks the visitors request to appear.’
      • ‘Companies that will form the delegation of the President are requested to cover their own transport, accommodation and incidental costs.’
      • ‘The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality responded by requesting the James Creek study so that the state could develop its federally mandated water-quality targets for sediment.’
      • ‘We were sometimes requested to play nothing but tangos the whole evening.’
      • ‘The more your hopes are raised by an agent requesting to see your writing, the worse it gets.’
      • ‘I was actually reassured by this but six months later I was requested to resubmit my claim because my salary details were incorrect.’
      • ‘Recruited to the Special Operations Executive, she requests to be sent to France as an undercover agent to trace her RAF pilot lover, shot down on a mission.’
      • ‘New clients were calling the school specifically requesting to study with her.’
      • ‘We are then requested to look amongst ourselves for a suitable replacement for a member of the performance cast who apparently resigned from the production.’
      • ‘The solicitor handling my brother's estate wrote to me requesting me to attend his office in connection with the legacy on June 27 this year.’


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