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verb [transitive] request pronunciation in British English /rɪˈkwest/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerequesting
past tenserequested
past participlerequested
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    to ask for something, or to ask someone to do something, in a polite or formal way
    The pilot requested permission to land.
    request that: We specifically requested that you should be informed.
    request someone to do something: We intend to request the police to press charges against him.
    Visitors are requested to register at the front desk.



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