(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.
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”).