Definitions for: Ask

[v] make a request or demand for something to somebody; "She asked him for a loan"
[v] 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"
[v] inquire about; "I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times"
[v] direct or put; seek an answer to; "ask a question"
[v] address a question to and expect an answer from; "Ask your teacher about trigonometry"; "The children asked me about their dead grandmother"
[v] require or ask for as a price or condition; "He is asking $200 for the table"; "The kidnapers are asking a million dollars in return for the release of their hostage"
[v] require as useful, just, or proper; "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 postulates a patient's consent"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ask, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Asked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Asking.] [OE. asken, ashen, axien, AS. [=a]scian,
[=a]csian; akin to OS. [=e]sc[=o]n, OHG. eisc[=o]n, Sw.
[=a]ska, Dan. [ae]ske, D. eischen, G. heischen, Lith.
j["e]sk['o]ti, OSlav. iskati to seek, Skr. ish to desire.
1. 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.

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.

2. 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.

To whom men have committed much, of him they will
ask the more. --Luke xii.

An exigence of state asks a much longer time to
conduct a design to maturity. --Addison.

3. 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. --Shak.

4. To invite; as, to ask one to an entertainment.

5. To publish in church for marriage; -- said of both the
banns and the persons. --Fuller.

Syn: To beg; request; seek; petition; solicit; entreat;
beseech; implore; crave; require; demand; claim;
exhibit; inquire; interrogate. See Beg.

Ask, v. i.
1. To request or petition; -- usually followed by for; as, to
ask for bread.

Ask, and it shall be given you. --Matt. vii.

2. To make inquiry, or seek by request; -- sometimes followed
by after.

Wherefore . . . dost ask after my name? --Gen.
xxxii. 29.

Ask, n. [See 2d Asker.] (Zo["o]l.)
A water newt. [Scot. & North of Eng.]

Synonyms: call for, demand, enquire, expect, inquire, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, require, take

Antonyms: eliminate, obviate, rid of

See Also: address, articulate, ask in, ask out, ask over, ask round, bespeak, call, call for, communicate, confer with, consult, cost, cry for, cry out for, demand, draw, formulate, govern, imply, intercommunicate, interrogate, invite, invite out, phrase, pry, query, quest, question, request, solicit, take out, turn to, word

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