- To ask is to inquire about something in order to get an answer, response or action.
To question your mother about whether you may stay out late is an example of ask.
- to use words in seeking the answer to (a question); try to find out about by inquiring
- to put a question to (a person); inquire of
- to request; solicit; beg
- to demand or expect as a price: they ask ten dollars for it
- to be in need of or call for (a thing)
- to invite
Origin of askMiddle English askien ; from Old English āscian ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ais-, to wish, desire from source Sanskrit iccháti, (he) seeks, Old High German eiscōn, inquire, demand
- to request information
- to make a request (for)
- to inquire (about, after, or for)
- to behave in such a way that one appears to be looking (for trouble, punishment, etc.)
verbasked, ask·ing, asks
- To put a question to: When we realized that we didn't know the answer, we asked the teacher.
- To seek an answer to: ask a question.
- To seek information about: asked directions.
- a. To make a request of: asked me for a loan.b. To make a request for. Often used with an infinitive or clause: ask a favor of a friend; asked to go along on the trip; asked that he be allowed to stay out late.
- To require or call for as a price or condition: asked ten dollars for the book.
- To expect or demand: ask too much of a child.
- To invite: asked them to dinner.
- Archaic To publish, as marriage banns.
- To make inquiry; seek information.
- To make a request: asked for help.
Origin of askMiddle English asken, from Old English ācsian, āscian; see ais- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present asks, present participle asking, simple past and past participle asked)
- To request (information, or an answer to a question).
- I asked her age.
- To put forward (a question) to be answered.
- to ask a question
- To interrogate or enquire of (a person).
- I'm going to ask this lady for directions.
- To request or petition; usually with for.
- to ask for a second helping at dinner
- to ask for help with homework
- To require, demand, claim, or expect, whether by way of remuneration or return, or as a matter of necessity.
- What price are you asking for the house?
- To invite.
- Don't ask them to the wedding.
- To publish in church for marriage; said of both the banns and the persons.
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
- Pronouncing ask as /æks/ is a common example of metathesis and a feature of some varieties of English, notably African American Vernacular English (AAVE).
- The action expressed by the verb ask can also be expressed by the noun-verb combination pose a question (confer the parallel in German between fragen and eine Frage stellen).
- An act or instance of asking.
- Something asked or asked for; a request.
- An asking price.
From Middle English asken, from Old English āxian, āscian (“to ask, inquire, seek for, demand, call, summon, examine, observe”), from Proto-Germanic *aiskōną (“to ask, ask for”), from Proto-Indo-European *ayǝs- (“to look for”). Cognate with West Frisian easkje (“to require, postulate, demand”), Dutch eisen (“to demand, require”), German heischen (“to demand”), Danish æske (“to provoke”), Swedish äska (“to demand”), Russian искать (iskat', “to seek, look for”).
From Middle English aske, arske, from Old English āþexe (“lizard, newt”), from Proto-Germanic *agiþahsijǭ (“lizard”), from Proto-Germanic *agi- (“snake”) (from Proto-Indo-European *ogʷh- (“snake, lizard”)) + Proto-Germanic *þahsuz (“badger”) (from Proto-Indo-European *teḱs- (“to hew, trim”)). Cognate with Scots ask, awsk, esk (“an eft or newt”), Dutch hagedis (“lizard”), German Echse, Eidechse (“lizard”).
ask - Computer Definition
Synonymous with AM (Amplitude Modulation). See AM.
ask - Investment & Finance Definition
The price at which someone is willing to sell a financial contract or security. Also synonymous with sell.