WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ask /æsk, ɑsk/USA pronunciation
- to put a question (to);
inquire (of): [no object]I asked but I never got an answer.[~ + object]I asked her but she didn't answer.[~ + object + clause]I asked him if they were going home.
- to request information about: [~ + object]He was ashamed to ask the question.[~ + after + object]He asked after you.
- [~ + object] to put into words so as to gain information, attention, etc.; utter:You have to ask the right questions.
- to request (of): [~ + for + object]I asked for a little more time.[~ + object]I have to ask a favor of you.[~ + object + object]Could I ask you a favor?[~ + to + verb]I asked to leave early.[~ + object + to + verb]I asked her to leave early, but she wanted to stay.
[~ + object] (of a price)
- to demand; expect: What price are they asking?
- to set a price of: to ask $40 for the hat.
- [~ + object + to + object] to invite:to ask guests to dinner.
- [~ + for + object] to request to speak to (someone):Your sister called and asked for you.
- Idiomsask for it or ask for trouble, to invite problems by continuing with risky or annoying behavior:He's really asking for it, coming in late.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
ask /ɑːsk/ vb
- (often followed by about) to put a question (to); request an answer (from): she asked (him) about God
- (transitive) to inquire about: she asked him the time of the train, she asked the way
- (transitive) to direct or put (a question)
- (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) often followed by for: to make a request or demand: she asked (him) for information, they asked for a deposit
- (transitive) to demand or expect (esp in the phrases ask a lot of, ask too much of)
- Also: ask out, ask over (transitive) to request (a person) politely to come or go to a place; invite: he asked her to the party
Etymology: Old English āscian; related to Old Frisian āskia, Old Saxon ēscon, Old High German eiscōnˈasker n
- a big ask, a tough ask ⇒ Brit Austral NZ informal a task which is difficult to fulfil
Ask /ɑːsk/ n
- the first man, created by the gods from an ash tree
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