ask /ˈæsk, ˈɑsk; ||ˈæks/
Ask v. t. [imp. & p. p. Asked p. pr. & vb. n. Asking.]
1. To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; to solicit; -- often with of, in the sense of from, before the person addressed.
Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God. --Judg. xviii. 5.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. --John xv. 7.
2. To require, demand, claim, or expect, whether by way of remuneration or return, or as a matter of necessity; as, what price do you ask?
Ask me never so much dowry. --Gen. xxxiv. 12.
To whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. --Luke xii. 48.
An exigence of state asks a much longer time to conduct a design to maturity. --Addison.
3. To interrogate or inquire of or concerning; to put a question to or about; to question.
He is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. --John ix. 21.
He asked the way to Chester. --Shak.
4. To invite; as, to ask one to an entertainment.
5. To publish in church for marriage; -- said of both the banns and the persons.
Syn: -- To beg; request; seek; petition; solicit; entreat; beseech; implore; crave; require; demand; claim; exhibit; inquire; interrogate. See Beg.
Ask, v. i.
1. To request or petition; -- usually followed by for; as, to ask for bread.
Ask, and it shall be given you. --Matt. vii. 7.
2. To make inquiry, or seek by request; -- sometimes followed by after.
Wherefore . . . dost ask after my name? --Gen. xxxii. 29.
Ask n. Zool. A water newt. [Scot. & North of Eng.]
v 1: inquire about; "I asked about their special today"; "He had
to ask directions several times" [syn: inquire, enquire]
2: make a request or demand for something to somebody; "She
asked him for a loan"
3: direct or put; seek an answer to; "ask a question"
4: consider obligatory; request and expect; "We require our
secretary to be on time"; "Aren't we asking too much of
these children?"; "I expect my students to arrive in time
for their lessons" [syn: require, expect]
5: require or ask for as a price or condition; "He is asking
$200 for the table"; "The kidnapers are asking a million
dollars in return for the release of their hostage"
6: address a question to and expect an answer from; "Ask your
teacher about trigonometry"; "The children asked me about
their dead grandmother"
7: require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do
what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This
job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position
demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls
for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not
postulates a patient's consent" [syn: necessitate, postulate,
need, require, take, involve, call for, demand]