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Meaning & Definition of Ask in English

English

Ask

/æsk/

verb

1. Inquire about

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

2. Make a request or demand for something to somebody

  • "She asked him for a loan"
    synonym:
  • ask

3. Direct or put

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

Examples of using

Don't be afraid to ask for help.
When you buy clothes, do you ask yourself where they were made?
All you had to do was ask.