What does ASK mean?

Definitions for ASKæsk, ɑsk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ASK.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ask, inquire, enquire(verb)

    inquire about

    "I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times"

  2. ask(verb)

    make a request or demand for something to somebody

    "She asked him for a loan"

  3. ask(verb)

    direct or put; seek an answer to

    "ask a question"

  4. 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"

  5. ask(verb)

    address a question to and expect an answer from

    "Ask your teacher about trigonometry"; "The children asked me about their dead grandmother"

  6. 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"

  7. ask(verb)

    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"


  1. Ask(ProperNoun)

    The first male human, according to the Poetic Edda.

  2. Origin: From asken, from axian, ascian, from aiskōnan, from ayǝs-. Cognate with easkje, eisen, heischen, æske, äska, искать.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ask(verb)

    to request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; to solicit; -- often with of, in the sense of from, before the person addressed

  2. Ask(verb)

    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?

  3. Ask(verb)

    to interrogate or inquire of or concerning; to put a question to or about; to question

  4. Ask(verb)

    to invite; as, to ask one to an entertainment

  5. Ask(verb)

    to publish in church for marriage; -- said of both the banns and the persons

  6. Ask(verb)

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

  7. Ask(verb)

    to make inquiry, or seek by request; -- sometimes followed by after

  8. Ask(noun)

    a water newt

  9. Origin: [See 2d Asker.]


  1. Ask

    "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

  1. Ask

    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.]

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  2. ASK

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ASK' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #586

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ASK' in Written Corpus Frequency: #275

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ASK' in Verbs Frequency: #35

Anagrams for ASK »

  1. aks, ska


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ASK in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ASK in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Neil Gorsuch:

    You'd have to ask them.

  2. Arthur Balfour:

    Ask with urgency and passion.

  3. Jefferson Davis:

    All we ask is to be let alone.

  4. Stella Terrill Mann:

    Desire, ask, believe, receive.

  5. Danish proverb:

    Ask advice only of your equals.

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