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1 inquire about; "I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times" [syn: inquire, enquire]
2 make a request or demand for something to somebody; "She asked him for a loan"
3 direct or put; seek an answer to; "ask a question"
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" [syn: require, expect]
5 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"
6 address a question to and expect an answer from; "Ask your teacher about trigonometry"; "The children asked me about their dead grandmother"
7 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" [syn: necessitate, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand] [ant: obviate]

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(Northern form of) ascian, from *|aiskōjan. Cognate with German heischen.


  • (UK) /ɑːsk/, /A:sk/
  • (US) /æsk/, /

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See also

ask in Danish: Ask
ask in German: Ask
ask in French: ASK
ask in Italian: ASK
ask in Dutch: Ask
ask in Japanese: ASK
ask in Norwegian: Ask (andre betydninger)
ask in Norwegian Nynorsk: Ask
ask in Russian: Аск (значения)
ask in Swedish: Ask

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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