asked; asking; asks

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
  1. verb
    make a request or demand for something to somebody
    “She asked him for a loan”
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    ask (a person) to do something
    make a solicitation or petition for something desired
    enjoin, order, say, tell
    give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
    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
  2. verb
    direct or put; seek an answer to
    ask a question”
    enquire, inquire
    inquire about
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    type of:
    articulate, formulate, give voice, phrase, word
    put into words or an expression
  3. verb
    address a question to and expect an answer from
    Ask your teacher about trigonometry”
    “The children asked me about their dead grandmother”
    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
    question formally about policy or government business
    question closely
    question persistently
    check out, feel out, sound out
    try to learn someone's opinions and intentions
    put someone through a debriefing and make him report
    type of:
    address, turn to
    speak to
  4. verb
    inquire about
    “I asked about their special today”
    “He had to ask directions several times”
    synonyms: enquire, inquire
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    be nosey
    confer with, consult
    get or ask advice from
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    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
  5. verb
    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”
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    request urgently and forcefully
  6. verb
    consider obligatory; request and expect
    “Aren't we asking too much of these children?”
    synonyms: expect, require
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    require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
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    request urgently and forcefully
  7. verb
    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
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    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
    require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
    require a specified depth for floating
    require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice
    cry for, cry out for
    need badly or desperately
    necessitate or exact
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