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). 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
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir W. Temple and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Knowledge and fame were in as great request as wealth 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.
    • Bible, Psalms cvi. 15
      He gave them their request.

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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.


  • English: request
  • Scots: request