ask: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ask, äsk), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to put a question to; inquire of: I asked him but he didn't answer.
  2. to request information about: to ask the way.
  3. to try to get by using words; request: to ask advice; to ask a favor.
  4. to solicit from; request of: Could I ask you a favor? Ask her for advice.
  5. to demand; expect: What price are they asking? A little silence is all I ask.
  6. to set a price of: to ask $20 for the hat.
  7. to call for; need; require: This experiment asks patience.
  8. to invite: to ask guests to dinner.
  9. to publish (banns).
  1. to make inquiry; inquire: to ask about a person.
  2. to request or petition (usually fol. by for): to ask for leniency; to ask for food.
  3. to risk or invite trouble, danger, punishment, etc., by persisting in some action or manner: He was asking for it by his abusive remarks.


Pronunciation: (äsk), [key]
— n. Scand. Myth.
  1. the first man, made by the gods from an ash tree.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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