request-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: message

Commentary: A message, often formal or official, that asks for something. Clearly not an act of asking, but the message itself.

Please file a request for permission to land.
She forwarded your request to the Marketing Department.
I'm afraid I don't have enough money to meet your requests.
We told him what you wanted, and he said the request was unreasonable.
We're sorry, but all your requests have been denied.
They sent me a request for payment.

PropBank: request.01
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: act of requesting

Commentary: REQUEST[+event] The act of asking for something; making a request. Usually verbal. Occurs at some definite point in time. If you're unsure about which sense to choose, it's probably this one.

Yesterday's request came as a surprise to nobody.
His sudden request surprised me.
At noon John made a request to eat my lunch, which I didn't find surprising.
When I asked the children which song they wanted to hear, I got a lot of requests for "Old McDonald".
When a baby cries, it's usually a request for attention.
He called the waitress over for another request.

PropBank: request.01
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2