What does asking mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. request, askingnoun

    the verbal act of requesting


  1. askingnoun

    The act or process of posing a question or making a request.

    His asking was greeted with silence.

  2. askingnoun

    (Rare in the singular) A request, or petition.


  1. asking

    A question is an utterance which serves as a request for information. Questions are sometimes distinguished from interrogatives, which are the grammatical forms typically used to express them. Rhetorical questions, for instance, are interrogative in form but may not be considered bona fide questions, as they are not expected to be answered. Questions come in a number of varieties. Polar questions are those such as the English example "Is this a polar question?", which can be answered with "yes" or "no". Alternative questions such as "Is this a polar question, or an alternative question?" present a list of possibilities to choose from. Open questions such as "What kind of question is this?" allow many possible resolutions. Questions are widely studied in linguistics and philosophy of language. In the subfield of pragmatics, questions are regarded as illocutionary acts which raise an issue to be resolved in discourse. In approaches to formal semantics such as alternative semantics or inquisitive semantics, questions are regarded as the denotations of interrogatives, and are typically identified as sets of the propositions which answer them.


  1. asking

    Asking refers to the act of requesting information from someone, seeking a response or favor, or inquiring about a certain topic or issue. This often involves forming a question and can be verbal or written. It's a primary way to express a need, share concerns, gather knowledge, or maintain social interaction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Asking

    of Ask

  2. Askingnoun

    the act of inquiring or requesting; a petition; solicitation

  3. Askingnoun

    the publishing of banns

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'asking' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1941

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'asking' in Written Corpus Frequency: #750

Anagrams for asking »

  1. aksing

  2. gaskin

  3. kiangs

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of asking in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of asking in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of asking in a Sentence

  1. Kardashian West:

    There's times where I was asking people to not have premarital sex while they were working on the album, there were times when I went to people who were working on other projects and said' Could you please just work and focus on this.'.

  2. John Ayers:

    Remember, people (were) asking, 'Can he play basketball?' 'Can I shake his hand?' There wasn't this trove of information about HIV, HIV prevention and HIV testing. When Sheen disclosed, there was this trove of information.

  3. Aivaras Abromavicius:

    Friendship is friendship ... but politics and country and its people are above all. I do hope that the president will have no problem asking for the resignation of those two people, let's not waste this chance.

  4. Nikita Khrushchev:

    Asking to meet with Italian businessmen instead of government officials. I want to talk to these people because they stay in power and you change all the time.

  5. Rand Paul:

    I don't think it's over, i think people ultimately are going to be very disappointed that Democrats didn't hold one hearing on the origin of the virus. I've been asking for a year for the two committees I'm on that can look into this — Homeland Security and the Health Committee — asking for a hearing on the origins of the virus. It really doesn't have to be partisan.

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