Ask a question.
To question your mother about whether you may stay out late is an example of ask.
When we realized that we didn't know the answer, we asked the teacher.
Asked ten dollars for the book.
Asked for help.
They ask ten dollars for it.
I asked her age.
To ask a question.
To ask for a second helping at dinner.
To ask for help with homework.
What price are you asking for the house?
Ask too much of a child.
Asked them to dinner.
- To persist in an action despite the likelihood that it will result in difficulty or punishment.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of ask
- Middle English asken from Old English ācsian, āscian ais- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).