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  1. ask
    IPA[ask]
  2. verb

    • 1. say something in order to obtain an answer or some information:

      people are always asking questions “How much further?” I asked the old man asked about her job he asked if she wanted coffee he asked whether his electric wheelchair would fit through their doors
      Synonym : inquire (of), query, want to know, question, put a question to, interrogate, quiz, cross-question, cross-examine, catechize, grill, pump, give the third degree to, put, put forward, pose, raise, submit, propose, seek/get the answer to
    • 2. talk to various people in order to find something out:

      there are fine meals to be had if you ask around
    • 3. inquire about the health or well-being of:

      Mrs. Savage asked after Iris's mother
    • 4. request (someone) to do or give something:

      Mary asked her father for money I asked him to call the manager don't be afraid to ask for advice
      Synonym : request, demand, appeal to, apply to, petition, call on, entreat, beg, implore, exhort, urge, enjoin, importune, pray, solicit, beseech, plead with, sue, supplicate, seek, put in for, call for, crave
    • 5. request permission to do something:

      she asked if she could move in he asked to see the officer involved
    • 6. request to speak to:

      when I arrived, I asked for Catherine
    • 7. request (a specified amount) as a price for selling something:

      he was asking $250 for the guitar
    • 8. expect or demand (something) of someone:

      it's asking a lot, but could you look through Billy's things?
    • 9. invite (someone) to one's home or a function:

      it's about time we asked Pam to dinner
      Synonym : invite, bid, have someone over, summon, request the pleasure of someone's company
    • 10. invite someone to join one on an outing:

      do you want to ask him along?
    • 11. invite someone out socially, typically on a date:

      a few boys asked her out but never the right ones

    noun

    • 1. a request, especially for a donation:

      it was an awkward ask for more funding
    • 2. the price at which an item, especially a financial security, is offered for sale:

      ask prices for bonds
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: ask, plural noun: asks

    • v.: verb: ask, 3rd person present: asks, gerund or present participle: asking, past tense: asked, past participle: asked

    • verb

      say something in order to obtain an answer or some information:

      talk to different people in order to find out something:

    • noun

      a demand or situation that requires a specified degree of effort or commitment:

      a request, especially for a donation:

    • act in a way that is likely to incur problems or difficulties
    • an exclamation of shock or disapproval intended to elicit agreement from one's listener
    • used to indicate that one does not know the answer to a question
    • an exclamation of shock or disapproval intended to elicit agreement from one's listener
    • act in a way that is likely to incur problems or difficulties
    • used to emphasize that a statement is one's personal opinion
    • used to indicate that one does not know the answer to a question and that one is surprised or irritated to be questioned
    • used to emphasize that a statement is one's personal opinion
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