WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ask /æsk, ɑsk/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- 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.
- to put into words so as to gain information, attention, etc.;
utter:[~ + object]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.
- to invite:[~ + object + to + object]to ask guests to dinner.
- to request to speak to (someone):[~ + for + object]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.
(ask, äsk),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to put a question to;
inquire of:I asked him but he didn't answer.
- to request information about:to ask the way.
- to try to get by using words;
request:to ask advice; to ask a favor.
- to solicit from;
request of:Could I ask you a favor? Ask her for advice.
- to demand;
expect:What price are they asking? A little silence is all I ask.
- to set a price of:to ask $20 for the hat.
- to call for;
require:This experiment asks patience.
- to invite:to ask guests to dinner.
- [Archaic.]to publish (banns).
- to make inquiry;
inquire:to ask about a person.
- to request or petition (usually fol. by for):to ask for leniency; to ask for food.
- ask for it, to risk or invite trouble, danger, punishment, etc., by persisting in some action or manner:He was asking for it by his abusive remarks.
- bef. 900; Middle English asken, axen, Old English āscian, āxian; cognate with Old Frisian āskia, Old Saxon ēscon, Old High German eiscōn (German heischen), Sanskrit icchati (he) seeks
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged question, interrogate.3, 11. sue, appeal.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged beseech, beg, entreat.
- 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See inquire.
(äsk),USA pronunciation n. [Scand. Myth.]
- 1, 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged answer.
- Mythologythe first man, made by the gods from an ash tree.
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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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