WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ask /æsk, ɑsk/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. 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.
  2. to request information about: [+ object]He was ashamed to ask the question.[+ after + object]He asked after you.
  3. to put into words so as to gain information, attention, etc.; utter[+ object]You have to ask the right questions.
  4. 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.
  5. [+ object] (of a price)
      • to demand; expect: What price are they asking?
      • to set a price of: to ask $40 for the hat.
  6. to invite[+ object + to + object]to ask guests to dinner.
  7. to request to speak to (someone)[+ for + object]Your sister called and asked for you.
idiom
  1. 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.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ask  (ask, äsk), 
v.t. 
  1. to put a question to;
    inquire of:I asked him but he didn't answer.
  2. to request information about:to ask the way.
  3. to try to get by using words; request:to ask advice;
    to ask a favor.
  4. to solicit from;
    request of:Could I ask you a favor? Ask her for advice.
  5. to demand; expect:What price are they asking? A little silence is all I ask.
  6. to set a price of:to ask $20 for the hat.
  7. to call for; need;
    require:This experiment asks patience.
  8. to invite:to ask guests to dinner.
  9. [Archaic.]to publish (banns).

v.i. 
  1. to make inquiry; inquire:to ask about a person.
  2. to request or petition (usually fol. by for):to ask for leniency; to ask for food.
  3. 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.
Etymology: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
asker, n. 
1 . question, interrogate.3, 11. sue, appeal. 4 . beseech, beg, entreat. 10 . See inquire.  1, 10 . answer.
Ask  (äsk), 
n. [Scand. Myth.]
  1. Mythologythe first man, made by the gods from an ash tree.
Cf.Embla. 
Etymology: Old Norse Askr;
see ash2


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

ask /ɑːsk/ vb
  1. (often followed by about) to put a question (to); request an answer (from): she asked (him) about God
  2. (transitive) to inquire about: she asked him the time of the train, she asked the way
  3. (transitive) to direct or put (a question)
  4. (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
  5. (transitive) to demand or expect (esp in the phrases ask a lot of, ask too much of)
  6. 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
n
  1. a big ask, a tough askBrit Austral NZ informal a task which is difficult to fulfil
Etymology: Old English āscian; related to Old Frisian āskia, Old Saxon ēscon, Old High German eiscōn

ˈasker n



Ask /ɑːsk/ n
  1. the first man, created by the gods from an ash tree



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