so·lic·it / səˈlisit/ • v. (-it·ed, -it·ing) [tr.] ask for or try to obtain (something) from someone: he called a meeting to solicit their views. ∎ ask (someone) for something: historians and critics are solicited for opinions by the auction houses. ∎ [intr.] accost someone and offer one's or someone else's services as a prostitute: [as n.] (soliciting) although prostitution was not itself an offense, soliciting was. DERIVATIVES: so·lic·i·ta·tion / səˌlisəˈtāshən/ n.