ask

To ask is to pose a question or request something. If you say "What time is lunch?", then you're asking a question.

You've probably heard people say "Can I ask you a question?" That pretty much sums up what asking is: trying to get information or make a request. A teacher asks students to answer questions, but a student has to ask the teacher for permission to use the bathroom. In business, the asking price is the amount the seller wants you to pay. Asking is how you find things out and get what you need.

Definitions of ask
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v make a request or demand for something to somebody

“She asked him for a loan”
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request
ask (a person) to do something
solicit
make a solicitation or petition for something desired
enjoin, order, say, tell
give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
call
order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role
bid, invite
ask someone in a friendly way to do something
declare oneself, offer, pop the question, propose
ask (someone) to marry you
Type of:
bespeak, call for, quest, request
express the need or desire for; ask for

v direct or put; seek an answer to

ask a question”
Synonyms:
enquire, inquire
inquire about
Type of:
articulate, formulate, give voice, phrase, word
put into words or an expression

v address a question to and expect an answer from

Ask your teacher about trigonometry”
“The children asked me about their dead grandmother”
Synonyms:
enquire, inquire
inquire about
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query, question
pose a question
interrogate, question
pose a series of questions to
enquire, inquire, wonder
have a wish or desire to know something
interpellate
question formally about policy or government business
examine
question closely
pump
question persistently
check out, feel out, sound out
try to learn someone's opinions and intentions
debrief
put someone through a debriefing and make him report
Type of:
address, turn to
speak to

v inquire about

“I asked about their special today”
“He had to ask directions several times”
Synonyms:
enquire, inquire
Types:
pry
be nosey
confer with, consult
get or ask advice from
Type of:
communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings

v 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”
Type of:
demand
request urgently and forcefully

v consider obligatory; request and expect

“Aren't we asking too much of these children?”
Synonyms:
expect, require
Types:
call
require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
Type of:
demand
request urgently and forcefully

v require as useful, just, or proper

“This job asks a lot of patience and skill”
Synonyms:
call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take
claim, exact, take
take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
Antonyms:
eliminate, obviate, rid of
do away with
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claim, exact, take
take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
govern
require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
draw
require a specified depth for floating
cost
require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice
cry for, cry out for
need badly or desperately
compel
necessitate or exact

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