request Definition

  • 1an act of asking politely or formally for something
  • 2something that is asked for

Using request: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "request" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I made a request for more information.

  • Example

    She submitted a request for time off.

  • Example

    The company received a request to change its policy.

  • Example

    He denied my request for a raise.

request Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using request

  • at someone's request

    because someone has asked for something


    The meeting was rescheduled at the CEO's request.

  • when someone asks for it


    The hotel provides extra towels on request.

  • put in a good word (for someone) (with someone)

    to say good things about someone to another person, especially to help them get a job or other opportunity


    Could you put in a good word for me with your boss?

Phrases with request

  • a document that solicits proposals, often made through a bidding process, by an agency or company interested in procurement of a commodity, service, or valuable asset, to potential suppliers to submit business proposals


    The company issued a request for proposal for the construction of a new office building.

  • a business process in which a company or public entity requests a quote from a supplier for the purchase of specific products or services


    The government issued a request for quotation for the supply of medical equipment.

  • request and response

    a communication protocol used in computing systems to exchange data between clients and servers


    The web browser sends a request to the server, which responds with the requested data.

Origins of request

from Old French 'requeste', meaning 'a request'


Summary: request in Brief

The term 'request' [rɪˈkwɛst] refers to an act of asking for something, often done politely or formally. It can be used to describe both the act of asking and the thing being asked for, as in 'She submitted a request for time off.' 'Request' extends into phrases like 'request for proposal,' and idioms like 'put in a good word,' denoting a recommendation.

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