ask, inquire, enquire(verb)
"I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times"
make a request or demand for something to somebody
"She asked him for a loan"
direct or put; seek an answer to
"ask a question"
ask, require, expect(verb)
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"
address a question to and expect an answer from
"Ask your teacher about trigonometry"; "The children asked me about their dead grandmother"
necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand(verb)
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"
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"
The first male human, according to the Poetic Edda.
Origin: From asken, from axian, ascian, from aiskōnan, from ayǝs-. Cognate with easkje, eisen, heischen, æske, äska, искать.
to request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; to solicit; -- often with of, in the sense of from, before the person addressed
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?
to interrogate or inquire of or concerning; to put a question to or about; to question
to invite; as, to ask one to an entertainment
to publish in church for marriage; -- said of both the banns and the persons
to request or petition; -- usually followed by for; as, to ask for bread
to make inquiry, or seek by request; -- sometimes followed by after
a water newt
Origin: [See 2d Asker.]
"Ask" is a song by The Smiths. It was released as a single in October 1986, reaching #14 in the UK Singles Chart. As with most of The Smiths' singles, it was not included on an original album. It can be found on the compilations The World Won't Listen and Louder Than Bombs as well as the live album Rank, where it is introduced as the band's new single. The UK cover shows Yootha Joyce who starred in the UK television series George & Mildred. The song features Kirsty MacColl on backing vocals. There are two versions of this song. The version that appears on the single releases and the album The Very Best of The Smiths fades out slightly sooner and has the vocal track lasting until the end of the song. The backing vocals in this version are also mixed differently and are louder. The version that appears on all albums fades out later and has the vocal track ending before the fade begins. Craig Gannon, one-time rhythm guitarist for The Smiths has stated that he came up with some of the guitar part for "Ask" during his short stint as a member of the band: A music video was made for the song. It appears in The Smiths: The Complete Picture.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ask, v.t. to seek: to request, inquire, beg, question, invite.—v.i. to request: to make inquiry (with about and for—as to ask one after or for another). [A.S. áscian, ácsian; Ger. heischen, Ice. æskja, Sans. esh, to desire.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'ASK' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #586
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'ASK' in Written Corpus Frequency: #275
Rank popularity for the word 'ASK' in Verbs Frequency: #35
The numerical value of ASK in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of ASK in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
[Holt] didn’t ask her about the emails at all. He didn’t ask her about her scandals. He didn’t ask her about [Benghazi], they were leaving all of her little goodies out.
The responsible thing to do is to ask her and ask the State Department to produce a copy of it. And if she did not sign it, ask her why she did not sign it. And if she did sign it, we'll go over the document with her.
And so, my fellow americans ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
Ask Jeb Bush if he enjoys running against me. Ask Lindsey Graham, did he enjoy running against Trump? Ask Perry, ask Gov. Perry. Ask Bobby Jindal, ask all of these guys that have gone out, do they enjoy running against Trump? I enjoy it. They don't enjoy it.
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Translations for ASK
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- رَجا, طَلَبَ, سألArabic
- пытаць, папрасіць, спытаць, прасіцьBelarusian
- искам, моля, питамBulgarian
- preguntar, demanarCatalan, Valencian
- holi, ceisio, gofynWelsh
- spørge, bedeDanish
- fragen, stellen, bittenGerman
- ζητώ, παρακαλώ, ρωτώGreek
- peti, demandiEsperanto
- preguntar, requerir, pedirSpanish
- paluma, pärima, küsimaEstonian
- پرسیدن, درخواستنPersian
- kysyä, pyytääFinnish
- questionner, demander, poserFrench
- easkjeWestern Frisian
- iarr, pléigh, fiafraigh, ceistighIrish
- iarr, faighnichScottish Gaelic
- ביקש, שָׁאַלHebrew
- माँगना, पूछनाHindi
- kérdez, kérHungarian
- խնդրել, հարցնելArmenian
- minta, tanyaIndonesian
- demandar, questionarIdo
- spyrja, fregnaIcelandic
- chiedere, interrogare, domandareItalian
- 伺う, 尋ねる, 頼む, 聞くJapanese
- ითხოვს, სთხოვს, იკითხავსGeorgian
- aperivoqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- សុំ, សួរKhmer
- 질문, 묻다, 부탁하다, 청Korean
- xwestin, پرسین, داوا کردن, داواکردن, dawa, daxwazKurdish
- precari, sciscitor, scisco, rogare, scito, quaerere, scitor, quaeroLatin
- froen, biedenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- pieprasīt, jautāt, lūgt, prasītLatvian
- моли, праша, прашуваMacedonian
- spørjeNorwegian Nynorsk
- be, spørre, omNorwegian
- pytać, poprosić, prosić, zapytaćPolish
- requerer, solicitar, pedir, requisitar, perguntarPortuguese
- întreba, ruga, invita, cereRomanian
- задать, задавать, спросить, попросить, спрашивать, проситьRussian
- jearratNorthern Sami
- pȉtati, moliti, питати, пи̏тати, молитиSerbo-Croatian
- pýtať sa, prosiť, žiadaťSlovak
- vprašati, prositiSlovene
- lut, pyetAlbanian
- ställa, be, spörja, om, frågaSwedish
- kuomba, kuulizaSwahili
- ถามหา, ถามThai
- sormak, dilemekTurkish
- запитати, питати, просити, попроситиUkrainian
- مانگنا, پوچھناUrdu
- cầu xin, hỏi, chất vấnVietnamese
- ukubuza, ukucelaXhosa
- בעטן, פֿרעגןYiddish
- nxusa, buza, cela, ncengaZulu
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