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.’
- ‘Were you involved in the solicitation of any of these companies?’
- ‘In a 1998 solicitation, members were asked to list their favorite CDs of the year.’
- ‘In any given week, we receive no fewer than 500 to 1,000 solicitations by artists and galleries interested in our representation.’
2The act of accosting someone and offering one's or someone else's services as a prostitute.‘a woman arrested for solicitation’
- ‘The result was that they couldn't scan their postings even for such nefarious, illegal material as child sex solicitation.’
- ‘In 1900, Berlin allowed street solicitation for registered prostitutes.’
- ‘More telling might have been his arrest and incarceration in 1994 for child pornography charges and solicitation of young girls.’
- ‘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.’
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