[ ask, ahsk ]
/ æsk, ɑsk /
verb (used with object)
to put a question to; inquire of: I asked him but he didn't answer.
to request information about: to ask the way.
to try to get by using words; request: to ask advice; to ask a favor.
to solicit from; request of: Could I ask you a favor? Ask her for advice.
to demand; expect: What price are they asking? A little silence is all I ask.
to set a price of: to ask $20 for the hat.
to call for; need; require: This experiment asks patience.
to invite: to ask guests to dinner.
Archaic. to publish (banns).
verb (used without object)
to make inquiry; inquire: to ask about a person.
to request or petition (usually followed by for): to ask for leniency; to ask for food.
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ask for it, to risk or invite trouble, danger, punishment, etc., by persisting in some action or manner: He was asking for it by his abusive remarks.
Origin of ask
before 900; Middle English asken, axen, Old English āscian, āxian; cognate with Old Frisian āskia, Old Saxon ēscon, Old High German eiscōn (German heischen), Sanskrit icchati (he) seeks
SYNONYMS FOR ask
Related formsask·er, nounun·ask·ing, adjectiveun·ask·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for ask for it (1 of 2)
/ (ɑːsk) /
(often foll by about) to put a question (to); request an answer (from)she asked ( him ) about God
(tr) to inquire aboutshe asked him the time of the train; she asked the way
(tr) to direct or put (a question)
(may take a clause as object or an infinitive often foll by for) to make a request or demandshe asked ( him ) for information; they asked for a deposit
(tr) to demand or expect (esp in the phrases ask a lot of, ask too much of)
Also: ask out, ask over (tr) to request (a person) politely to come or go to a place; invitehe asked her to the party
(tr) to need; requirethe job asks both time and patience
(tr) archaic to proclaim (marriage banns)
a big ask or a tough ask British, Australian and NZ informal a task which is difficult to fulfil
Derived Formsasker, noun
Word Origin for ask
Old English āscian; related to Old Frisian āskia, Old Saxon ēscon, Old High German eiscōn
British Dictionary definitions for ask for it (2 of 2)
/ (ɑːsk) /
Norse myth the first man, created by the gods from an ash tree
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Idioms and Phrases with ask for it
In addition to the idioms beginning with ask
- ask a stupid question and you'll get a stupid answer
- ask for
- ask for the moon
- ask out
- don't ask
- for the asking
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