Given a group of people and a person, if the group asks the person to join, the group "invites" the person, or sends "invitation." If the person requests to join the group, what is a word (preferably single-word) that means this, either in verb or noun form?

I have considered the following:

  • self-invite: accurate, but is a two-word phrase and too colloquial
  • impose/imposition: single-word, somewhat accurate, carries negative connotation
  • appeal: single-word without connotation, but not very accurate
  • I am having trouble with the single-word requirement. Even the word invite only implies an invitation to join by the context in which it is used. – Bobbi Bennett Nov 19 '19 at 19:26
  • @BobbiBennett single-word isn't a hard-requirement but is preferred (I have just made a post edit to say this) – bsapaka Nov 19 '19 at 19:28
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    Hi. Please note the request under the single-word request tab link: To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word. INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE demonstrating how the word would be used. – Arm the good guys in America Nov 19 '19 at 23:01


e.g. apply for a job.

"to make an appeal or request especially in the form of a written application" (Merriam-Webster)

(ETA: formatting and example)

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  • (+1) I think this is a good answer and very accurate for situations involving a formal process to acquire membership – bsapaka Nov 19 '19 at 18:47

You can apply to join a group or you can request or make a request to join.

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In addition to apply to join she can

  • Insert herself into the group
  • Slide into their DM's (colloquial)
  • Petition to join the group
  • Join the group
  • Expand the group
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