Pronunciation: (ri-kwest'),[key] —n. 1. the act of asking for something to be given or done, esp. as a favor or courtesy; solicitation or petition: At his request, they left. 2. an instance of this: There have been many requests for the product. 3. a written statement of petition: If you need supplies, send in a request. 4. something asked for: to obtain one's request. 5. the state of being asked for; demand.
6. by request, in response or accession to a request: The orchestra played numbers by request.
—v.t. 1. to ask for, esp. politely or formally: He requested permission to speak. 2. to ask or beg; bid (usually fol. by a clause or an infinitive): to request that he leave; to request to be excused. 3. to ask or beg (someone) to do something: He requested me to go.