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Meaning & Definition of Ask in English





1. Inquire about

  • "I asked about their special today"
  • "He had to ask directions several times"
  • ask,
  • inquire,
  • enquire

2. Make a request or demand for something to somebody

  • "She asked him for a loan"
  • ask

3. Direct or put

  • Seek an answer to
  • "Ask a question"
  • ask

4. 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"
  • ask,
  • require,
  • expect

5. Address a question to and expect an answer from

  • "Ask your teacher about trigonometry"
  • "The children asked me about their dead grandmother"
  • ask

6. 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 postulate a patient's consent"
  • necessitate,
  • ask,
  • postulate,
  • need,
  • require,
  • take,
  • involve,
  • call for,
  • demand

7. 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

Examples of using

I was hoping you'd ask that.
The English articles are bread-and-butter important. For instance, if I ask my English friend to hold my bag for a while, and then ask to give it back by saying "Give me bag", he'll probably steal the bag of the man standing around because he didn't understand which bag was meant.
If you are lucky enough to look under 100, please don't be offended if we ask you for ID.