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[ ask, ahsk ]
/ æsk, ɑsk /
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verb (used with object)
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.
noun
a question or inquiry.
a request, especially a demanding one: Is it too big an ask for you to give me a loan?
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Idioms about ask

    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

First recorded 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”

synonym study for ask

10. See inquire.

OTHER WORDS FROM ask

asker, nounun·ask·ing, adjectiveun·ask·ing·ly, adverb

Other definitions for ask (2 of 2)

Ask
[ ahsk ]
/ ɑsk /

noun Scandinavian Mythology.
the first man, made by the gods from an ash tree.
Compare Embla.

Origin of Ask

<Old Norse Askr;see ash2
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British Dictionary definitions for ask (1 of 2)

ask
/ (ɑːsk) /

verb
noun
a big ask or a tough ask British, Australian and NZ informal a task which is difficult to fulfil
See also ask after, ask for

Derived forms of ask

asker, 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 (2 of 2)

Ask
/ (ɑːsk) /

noun
Norse myth the first man, created by the gods from an ash tree
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