To ask is to inquire about something in order to get an answer, response or action.(verb)
To question your mother about whether you may stay out late is an example of ask.
See ask in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME askien < OE āscian < IE base *ais-, to wish, desire > Sans iccháti, (he) seeks, OHG eiscōn, inquire, demand
See ask in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb asked, ask·ing, asks verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English asken
Origin: , from Old English ācsian, āscian; see ais- in Indo-European roots.
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