[ verb ] express the need or desire for; ask for


"She requested an extra bed in her room" "She called for room service"

Used in print

(The Oregonian, [Portland],...)

The family requests that flowers be omitted .

("National Affairs"...)

With the money all_but in_hand , however , the Administration indicated that , instead of the 225000 more men in uniform that President_Kennedy had requested , the armed_forces would be increased by only 160000 .

In_all , the Senate signed a check for $ 46.7 billion , which not_only included the extra $ 3.5 billion requested the week before by President_Kennedy , but tacked_on $ 754 million more_than the President had asked for .

(The Providence Journal BR-B16. Chicago Daily Tribune...)

First_of_all there is ample area in East_Greenwich already zoned in the classification similar to_that which petitioner requested .

(Frank Murphy, "New Southern Fiction: Urban or Ag...)

Other examples of gradual changes that have affected the Negro have been his moving up , row by row , in the busses ; his requesting , and often getting , higher wages , better working conditions , better schools - changes that were slowly emerging even before the Supreme_Court decision of 1954 .

[ noun ] a formal message requesting something submitted to an authority

Used in print

(Rocky Mountains News, [Denver, Colorado],...)

This dissatisfaction led to Howsam 's request that the video not be terminated before the end of the game .

(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)

Only a_few years ago a middle_western college circulated a request for a teacher of interior_design .

(Handbook of Federal Aids to Communities. U.S. Dep...)

Through the SBA 's Management_Counseling_Program , practical , personalized advice on sound management principles is available upon request to both prospective and established businessmen in a community .

[ verb ] ask (a person) to do something


: "She asked him to be here at noon" "I requested that she type the entire manuscript"

Used in print

(Brainard Cheney, "Christianity and the Tragic Vision-Ut...)

They , perhaps , gave the pitch of their position in the preface where it was said that Eisenhower requested that the Commission be administered by the American_Assembly_of_Columbia_University , because it was non-partisan .

(Public Papers of the Presidents of the U.S. D. D....)

I have requested the Secretary of Defense to reexamine the roles and missions of the reserve components in_relation_to those of the active forces and in the light of the changing requirements of modern warfare .

Related terms

ask order call invite propose

[ noun ] the verbal act of requesting



Used in print

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

Dance teachers can respond to President_Kennedy 's request not_only through their regular dance work , but also through the kind of basic gymnastic work that makes_for strength and flexibility .

(Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land....)

Digby calmed_down , but made one request .

(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)

Replies to requests for character reference are notorious for their evasive double-entendre .

[ verb ] inquire for (information)


"I requested information from the secretary"

Related terms

wonder seek