verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ask
Definition for ask (2 of 2)
noun Scandinavian Mythology.
Origin of Ask
Examples from the Web for ask
And I need to ask why their truth makes me so defensive, as if my truth is the only truth.
One is forced to ask, what on earth was Andrew doing hanging out with scantily clad teenagers?Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“You ask me my motivation,” Marvin says, moving back into his tough guy persona again.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I ask Atefeh and Monir if they see dancing as a form of income in the future, a potential career.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
My wife was talking to her on the phone, and I just kinda found the courage to ask her.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll|James Joiner|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I will ask our brother, Huya, the great war bird, to lead you to the Blackfeet camp.The War Trail|Elmer Russell Gregor
Ask me to do anything, but don't ask me to go away—to go back to Wrexham.Robert Orange|John Oliver Hobbes
The monarch was admonished to ask no more, but he disregarded the warning.The Mysteries of All Nations|James Grant
Twelve dollars a day was not too much to ask for board, room and guide services.Double Challenge|James Arthur Kjelgaard
Then, O great king, Kapila was pleased with Ansuman, and that saint of a virtuous soul told him to ask for a favour from him.Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1|Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
British Dictionary definitions for ask (1 of 2)
Word Origin for ask
British Dictionary definitions for ask (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for ask
Old English ascian "ask, call for an answer; make a request," from earlier ahsian, from Proto-Germanic *aiskojan (cf. Old Saxon escon, Old Frisian askia "request, demand, ask," Middle Dutch eiscen, Dutch eisen "to ask, demand," Old High German eiscon "to ask (a question)," German heischen "to ask, demand"), from PIE *ais- "to wish, desire" (cf. Sanskrit icchati "seeks, desires," Armenian aic "investigation," Old Church Slavonic iskati "to seek," Lithuanian ieškau "to seek").
Form in English influenced by a Scandinavian form of the word (cf. Danish æske; the Old English would have evolved by normal sound changes into ash, esh, which was a Midlands and s.w. England dialect form). Modern dialectal ax is as old as Old English acsian and was an accepted literary variant until c.1600. Related: Asked; asking. Old English also had fregnan/frignan which carried more directly the sense of "question, inquire," and is from PIE root *prek-, the common source of words for "ask" in most Indo-European languages (see pray). If you ask me "in my opinion" is attested from 1910. Asking price is attested from 1755.
Idioms and Phrases with ask
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