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solicit for (something)

1. To request or seek to receive something (from someone). The volunteers have been out soliciting for donations to those affected by the massive storm. The man was caught soliciting for sex by an undercover police officer.
2. To ask or try to persuade someone to give something (to one, someone else, some cause, etc.). In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "solicit" and "for." Because of my background in IT, my family always solicits me for help with their computer issues. Tom's wife has been soliciting all of us for money to cover his legal expenses.
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solicit for someone or something

to seek money or other contributions for someone or something, such as a charitable cause. I am soliciting for crippled children. Would you care to contribute? Are you soliciting for a local cause?
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solicit someone for something

to attempt to persuade someone to give something, such as money, for a specific purpose. The school band solicited the owners of the business for a contribution. Fred solicited everyone in his department for at least a dollar.
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It imposes tougher penalties for those who solicit children as well as introducing a new offence of "grooming".
The second ANPR solicits public comments on ways the Board should implement amendments to TILA made by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (Bankruptcy Act).
One solution to overcome a lack of sales experience is to pay outside marketers to solicit prospective clients and introduce them to the firm.
One family member was so impressed by the program that she independently decided to solicit phones from local merchants and appealed to electronics stores to donate outdated models, as new ones arrive.
The chancellor is allowed to either solicit bids or negotiate for contracted services such as architects, construction managers, consultants, banking service, auditors, and maintenance contractors.
Independent sales representatives were contracted to solicit in Michigan.
General-focus journals often solicit two independent reviews; editors reject a manuscript with two negative reviews, solicit a third evaluation for split reviews and accept papers with two favorable reviews, pending revisions.
Whether the corporation's activities are done through employees or non-employees who have authority to solicit business on a corporation's behalf, it has availed itself of the substantial benefits of engaging in a commercial activity in a state for which the corporation may be subject to a state income tax "unembarrassed by the Constitution.
He said the Office of the President and Cabinet members have not authorized anyone to solicit donations supposedly to help soldiers and policemen who fought during the siege of Marawi City, or to fund projects for senior citizens or the antiillegal drugs campaign.
So is so-called "aggressive" panhandling and "tag days" - a longstanding practice in which representatives of charitable organizations and youth sports groups solicit donations from motorists at intersections - are officially a thing of the past.
GAO said the buying agency can satisfy competition requirements by soliciting quotations from at least three contractors and is not required to solicit the incumbent.
It is our custom to solicit responses from those companies appearing in our directory issues that are outside the framework of what will be published.