One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The act of asking for or trying to obtain something from someone.‘he was a regular target for solicitation of funds’count noun ‘people objected to receiving telephone solicitations’
- ‘The rest of the funding is raised through direct-mail solicitations and grant proposals.’
- ‘I might have supported these reforms if there were some parallel restriction on solicitation by credit card companies.’
- ‘In any given week, we receive no fewer than 500 to 1,000 solicitations by artists and galleries interested in our representation.’
- ‘In a 1998 solicitation, members were asked to list their favorite CDs of the year.’
- ‘Were you involved in the solicitation of any of these companies?’
2The act of accosting someone and offering one's or someone else's services as a prostitute.‘a woman arrested for solicitation’
- ‘This provision of the law is triggered only by an offer of sexual services or a solicitation to that end.’
- ‘If only for public humiliation, the police should post the names of johns arrested for solicitation.’
- ‘The result was that they couldn't scan their postings even for such nefarious, illegal material as child sex solicitation.’
- ‘More telling might have been his arrest and incarceration in 1994 for child pornography charges and solicitation of young girls.’
- ‘In 1900, Berlin allowed street solicitation for registered prostitutes.’
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