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.