verb inquire about
- I asked about their special today
- He had to ask directions several times
verb make a request or demand for something to somebody
verb direct or put; seek an answer to
verb consider obligatory; request and expect
- We require our secretary to be on time
- Aren't we asking too much of these children?
- I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons
verb address a question to and expect an answer from
- Ask your teacher about trigonometry
- The children asked me about their dead grandmother
verb require as useful, just, or proper
call for; require; necessitate; involve; need; take; demand; postulate.
- It takes nerve to do what she did
- success usually requires hard work
- This job asks a lot of patience and skill
- This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice
- This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert
- This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent
verb require or ask for as a price or condition
- He is asking $200 for the table
- The kidnappers are asking a million dollars in return for the release of their hostage
Ask transitive verb
, AS. ascian
; akin to OS. escon
, OHG. eiscon
, Sw. aska
, Dan. æske
, D. eischen
, G. heischen
, Lith. jëskóti
, OSlav. iskati
to seek, Skr. ish
to desire. *5.
imperfect & past participle Asked present participle & verbal noun Asking
- To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; to solicit; -- often with of, in the sense of from, before the person addressed.
Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God.
Judg. xviii. 5.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John xv. 7.
- To require, demand, claim, or expect, whether by way of remuneration or return, or as a matter of necessity; as, what price do you ask?
Ask me never so much dowry.
Gen. xxxiv. 12.
To whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Luke xii. 48.
An exigence of state asks a much longer time to conduct a design to maturity.
- To interrogate or inquire of or concerning; to put a question to or about; to question.
He is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
John ix. 21.
He asked the way to Chester.
- To invite; as, to ask one to an entertainment.
- To publish in church for marriage; -- said of both the banns and the persons.
Syn. -- To beg; request; seek; petition; solicit; entreat; beseech; implore; crave; require; demand; claim; exhibit; inquire; interrogate. See Beg.
Ask intransitive verb
- To request or petition; -- usually folllowed by for; as, to ask for bread.
Ask, and it shall be given you.
Matt. vii. 7.
- To make inquiry, or seek by request; -- sometimes followed by after.
Wherefore . . . dost ask after my name?
Gen. xxxii. 29.
See 2d Asker
- (Zoöl.) A water newt. Scot. & North of Eng.
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