Solicit vs Elicit what difference

what is difference between Solicit and Elicit



From Middle English soliciten, solliciten, from Old French soliciter, solliciter, from Latin sollicitāre, present active participle of sollicitō (stir, disturb; look after), from sollicitus (agitated, anxious, punctilious, literally thoroughly moved), from sollus (whole, entire) + perfect passive participle of cieō (shake, excite, cite, to put in motion).


  • enPR: sə-lĭs’ĭt
  • IPA(key): /səˈlɪsɪt/
  • Rhymes: -ɪsɪt


solicit (third-person singular simple present solicits, present participle soliciting, simple past and past participle solicited)

  1. To persistently endeavor to obtain an object, or bring about an event.
    to solicit alms, or a favour
    • Did I solicit thee From darkness to promote me?
  2. To woo; to court.
  3. To persuade or incite one to commit some act, especially illegal or sexual behavior.
    • , Book II, Chapter 1
      Sounds and some tangible qualities fail not to solicit their proper senses, and force an entrance to the mind.
    If you want to lose your virginity, you should try to solicit some fine looking women.
  4. To offer to perform sexual activity, especially when for a payment.
    My girlfriend tried to solicit me for sex, but I was tired.
  5. To make a petition.
  6. (archaic) To disturb or trouble; to harass.
  7. To urge the claims of; to plead; to act as solicitor for or with reference to.
    • 1628, John Ford, The Lover’s Melancholy
      Should / My brother henceforth study to forget / The vow that he hath made thee, I would ever / Solicit thy deserts.
  8. (obsolete, rare) To disturb; to disquiet.
    • 1611-1615, George Chapman, Iliad, Book XVI
      Hath any ill solicited thine ears?
    • But anxious fears solicit my weak breast.


  • (to persistently endeavor to obtain an object): supplicate, thig
  • (to woo, court): address, romance; see also Thesaurus:woo
  • (to urge the claims of): plead
  • (to disturb, disquiet): worry
  • appeal, request

Related terms


Further reading

  • solicit in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • solicit in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.



  1. (archaic) solicitation


  • colitis



Borrowed from Latin elicitus from eliciō (draw forth).


  • IPA(key): /ɪˈlɪsɪt/
  • Rhymes: -ɪsɪt
  • Homophone: illicit


elicit (third-person singular simple present elicits, present participle eliciting, simple past and past participle elicited)

  1. To evoke, educe (emotions, feelings, responses, etc.); to generate, obtain, or provoke as a response or answer.
  2. To draw out, bring out, bring forth (something latent); to obtain information from someone or something.
    Fred wished to elicit the time of the meeting from Jane.
    Did you elicit a response?
    • 2009, William B. McGregor, Linguistics: An Introduction Answer Key
      He visited three department stores in New York and asked the attendant a question that would elicit the answer fourth floor; for example, he might have asked Excuse me, where are women’s shoes?
  3. To use logic to arrive at truth; to derive by reason
    Synonyms: deduce, construe


See also

  • illicit


elicit (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Elicited; drawn out; made real; open; evident.
    • 1660, Jeremy Taylor, Ductor Dubitantium, or the Rule of Conscience
      An elicit act of equity.




  1. third-person singular present active indicative of ēliciō

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