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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ask \Ask\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Asked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Asking}.] [OE. asken, ashen, axien, AS. [=a]scian, [=a]csian; akin to OS. [=e]sc[=o]n, OHG. eisc[=o]n, Sw. [=a]ska, Dan. [ae]ske, D. eischen, G. heischen, Lith. j["e]sk['o]ti, OSlav. iskati to seek, Skr. ish to desire. [root]5.]

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. --Fuller.

Syn: To beg; request; seek; petition; solicit; entreat; beseech; implore; crave; require; demand; claim; exhibit; inquire; interrogate. See {Beg}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ask \Ask\, verb (used without an object)

1. To request or petition; -- usually followed by for; as, to ask for bread.

Ask, and it shall be given you. --Matt. vii. 7.

2. To make inquiry, or seek by request; -- sometimes followed by after.

Wherefore . . . dost ask after my name? --Gen. xxxii. 29.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ask \Ask\, noun [See 2d {Asker}.] (Zool.) A water newt. [Scot. & North of Eng.] Askance

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

ask

verb

1: inquire about; "I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times" [syn: {ask}, {inquire}, {enquire}]

2: make a request or demand for something to somebody; "She asked him for a loan"

3: direct or put; seek an answer to; "ask a question"

4: consider obligatory; request and expect; "We require our secretary to be on time"; "Aren't we asking too much of these children?"; "I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons" [syn: {ask}, {require}, {expect}]

5: address a question to and expect an answer from; "Ask your teacher about trigonometry"; "The children asked me about their dead grandmother"

6: require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent" [syn: {necessitate}, {ask}, {postulate}, {need}, {require}, {take}, {involve}, {call for}, {demand}] [ant: {eliminate}, {obviate}, {rid of}]

7: require or ask for as a price or condition; "He is asking $200 for the table"; "The kidnappers are asking a million dollars in return for the release of their hostage"


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