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Solicit, vb. 1) to move, to rouse, to stir: “the part I had in Woodstock's blood doth more s. me than your exclaims, to stir against the butchers of his life,” R2 I, 2, 2. “s. Henry with her wondrous praise,” H6A V, 3, 190. “I am --ed, not by a few, that your subjects are in great grievance,” H8 I, 2, 18. “this supernatural --ing cannot be ill,” Mcb. I, 3, 130. “how he --s heaven, himself best knows,” IV, 3, 149. “with the occurrents, more and less, which have --ed,” Hml. V, 2, 369.
2) to make petition; absol.: “a still --ing eye,” Lr. I, 1, 234. “if my tongue did e'er s.” Per. II, 5, 69. “if you bethink yourself of any crime, . . . s. for it straight,” Oth. V, 2, 28. Trans. == a) to apply to, to ask: “having --ed the eternal power that his foul thoughts might compass his fair fair,” Lucr. 345. “we heartily s. your gracious self to take on you the charge,” R3 III, 7, 130. Cor. II, 3, 208. Tit. IV, 3, 50. Oth. II, 3, 393. “to s. him for mercy,” Cor. V, 1, 72. Used of making love for lewd purposes: “s. me no more,” Gent. V, 4, 40. “if the prince do s. you in hat kind, you know your answer,” Ado II, 1, 70. “how you have been --ed by a gentleman,” All's III, 5, 16. “the amorous count --s her in the unlawful purpose,” All's III, 5, 16 “--est here a lady,” Cymb. I, 6, 147. cf. Per. II, 5, 69.
b) to seek by petition, to ask for: “I had rather hear you to s. that,” Tw. III, 1, 120.
Misapplied by Evans in Wiv. I, 2, 10.
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