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This page has 10 definitions of request in English and Middle English. Request is a verb and noun. Examples of how to use request in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English request definition

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From Middle English request, from Old French requeste (French requête), from Vulgar Latin *requaesita, from Latin requīsīta, feminine of requīsītus (requested, demanded), past participle of requīrō (require, ask), composed of re- + quaerō (I seek, look for), of uncertain origin, but possibly from Proto-Italic *kʷaizeō, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷeh₂- (to acquire). Compare to French requetér.


  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈkwɛst/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛst
  • Hyphenation: re‧quest


request (third-person singular simple present requests, present participle requesting, simple past and past participle requested)

  1. (transitive or with that clause) To ask for (something).
    The corporal requested reinforcements.
    I have requested that the furniture be moved back to its original position.
  2. (transitive) To ask (somebody) to do something.
    Synonyms: ask, bespeak, call for
    She called me into her office and requested me to sit down.


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request (plural requests)

  1. Act of requesting (with the adposition at in the presence of possessives, and on in their absence).
    Synonyms: asking, beseech, prayer, wish
  2. A formal message requesting something.
    Synonyms: petition, postulation
  3. Condition of being sought after.
    Synonym: demand
    • 1690, William Temple, “An Essay upon the Ancient and Modern Learning”, in Miscellanea. The Second Part. [...], 2nd edition, London: [] J. R. for Ri[chard] and Ra[lph] Simpson, [], →OCLC, page 49:
      I do not doubt, but many Great and more Noble Uſes would have been made of ſuch Conqueſts or Diſcoveries, if they had fallen to the ſhare of the Greeks and Romans in thoſe Ages, when Knowledge and Fame were in as great Requeſt, as endleſs Gains and Wealth are among us now; [...]
  4. (networking) A message sent over a network to a server.
    The server returned a 404 error to the HTTP request.
  5. (obsolete) That which is asked for or requested.

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Middle English request definition

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From Old French requeste, from Vulgar Latin *requaesita; equivalent to re- +‎ quest.



request (plural requestes)

  1. A request or petition; a pleading or asking.
  2. (Late Middle English) What is requested or petitioned for; something that is sought-after.
  3. (Late Middle English) A adventure or heroic journey.