3. To awake or excite to action; to rouse desire in; to summon; to appeal to; to invite. "That fruit . . . Solicited her longing eye." (Milton) "Sounds and some tangible qualities solicit their proper senses, and force an entrance to the mind." (Locke)
4. To urge the claims of; to plead; to act as solicitor for or with reference to. "Should My brother henceforth study to forget The vow that he hath made thee, I would ever Solicit thy deserts." (Ford)
Origin: F. Sollicier, L. Sollicitare, solicitare, -atum, fr. Sollicitus wholly (i. E, violently) moved; sollus whole + citus, p. P. Of ciere to move, excite. See Solemn, Cite.
(01 Mar 1998)
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