SKIP TO CONTENT

asking

Definitions of asking
  1. noun
    the verbal act of requesting
    synonyms: request
    see moresee less
    types:
    show 35 types...
    hide 35 types...
    notice, notification
    a request for payment
    indirect request, wish
    an expression of some desire or inclination
    invitation
    a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something
    appeal, entreaty, prayer
    earnest or urgent request
    orison, petition, prayer
    reverent petition to a deity
    call
    a request
    billing, charge
    request for payment of a debt
    trick or treat
    a request by children on Halloween; they pass from door to door asking for goodies and threatening to play tricks on those who refuse
    inquiring, questioning
    a request for information
    order
    a request for something to be made, supplied, or served
    callback, recall
    a request by the manufacturer of a defective product to return the product (as for replacement or repair)
    prayer wheel
    a cylinder with prayers written on it; each revolution counts as uttering the prayers; used especially by Buddhists in Tibet
    bidding, summons
    a request to be present
    invite
    a colloquial expression for invitation
    adjuration
    a solemn and earnest appeal to someone to do something
    demagoguery, demagogy
    impassioned appeals to the prejudices and emotions of the populace
    plea, supplication
    a humble request for help from someone in authority
    solicitation
    an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status
    suit
    a petition or appeal made to a person of superior status or rank
    courting, courtship, suit, wooing
    a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage)
    benediction, blessing
    a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
    collect
    a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England
    commination
    prayers proclaiming God's anger against sinners; read in the Church of England on Ash Wednesday
    deprecation
    a prayer to avert or remove some evil or disaster
    blessing, grace, thanksgiving
    a short prayer of thanks before a meal
    intercession
    a prayer to God on behalf of another person
    invocation, supplication
    a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
    requiescat
    a prayer for the repose of the soul of a dead person
    recall
    a call to return
    presentment
    a document that must be accepted and paid by another person
    challenge
    questioning a statement and demanding an explanation
    enquiry, inquiry, interrogation, query, question
    an instance of questioning
    examination, interrogation, interrogatory
    formal systematic questioning
    short order
    an order for food that can be prepared quickly
    rosary
    a series of devotional prayers recited by Roman Catholics and often counted using a string of beads
    type of:
    speech act
    the use of language to perform some act
Word Family
EDITOR’S CHOICE

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.

SAT/PSAT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

TOEFL

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

ACT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week