Ask Definition & Meaning | Britannica Dictionary (2023)

ask

/ˈæsk/ Brit /ˈɑːsk/

verb

asks;

asked;

asking

ask

/ˈæsk/ Brit /ˈɑːsk/

verb

asks;

asked;

asking

Britannica Dictionary definition of ASK

1

:

to say or write something to someone as a way of gaining information

:

to request an answer to a question

[+ object]

  • I need to ask a question.

  • I need to ask you a question. = (less commonly) I need to ask a question of you.

  • Are there any questions you would like to ask (me)?

  • Did you ask her yet?

  • “Have you seen the movie yet?” he asked.

  • a list of frequently asked questions

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often + about

  • We always ask him about his mother.

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often + if or whether

  • He asked (them) if they had seen the movie.

  • She asked (me) if I was worried.

  • They were asked whether they would like to buy the car.

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often + why, what, etc.

  • You should ask (him) why he didn't come.

  • He always asks (her) what she thinks.

  • May I ask what time it is?

  • It's not polite to ask how much a person weighs.

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[no object]

  • “If you don't mind me/my asking, how old are you?” “I'm 35 years old. Why do you ask?”

  • Please don't ask again.

  • “Do they have any soda?” “I don't know. I'll go ask.”

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often + about

  • I asked about her plans for the future.

  • The police were here asking about you.

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2

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to tell someone in the form of a question that you want to be given something or that you want something to happen

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to request something

[no object]

  • If you want something to drink, just ask. [=just tell me that you want something to drink]

  • I would have given it to him, but he never asked.

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often + for

  • Let's stop and ask for directions.

  • I'll have to ask for permission to leave.

  • She asked for their forgiveness/help.

  • She ate all of her food and asked for more.

  • His lawyers are asking for the case to be dismissed.

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[+ object]

  • We had to stop and ask directions.

  • May I ask the time?

  • Did you ask permission to leave?

  • She asked their forgiveness.

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often + for

  • We had to ask someone for directions.

  • I asked her for permission.

  • She asked them for their forgiveness.

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often + if or whether

  • He asked if he could use my telephone.

  • They asked us whether we might stay an extra day.

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often + that

  • She asked that I not say anything about it.

  • His lawyers are asking that the case be dismissed.

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often followed by to + verb

  • She asked (for permission) to borrow her father's car for the day.

  • I asked (for permission) to leave work early.

  • You should ask your teacher to help you.

  • Unhappy with the service, he asked to see the manager.

  • He asked me to marry him.

  • I'm sorry, but I need to ask you to leave.

  • She asked me not to say anything about it to anyone.

  • I wanted to say something about it, but she asked me not to.

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[+ object]

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to invite (someone) to go somewhere or do something

  • He's asking just a few friends to the party.

  • I asked him to lunch.

  • They asked me over for dinner.

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◊ To ask someone out is to ask someone to go on a date with you.

  • I asked her out (on a date), but she turned me down.

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[+ object]

a

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to believe that you should receive (something) from someone

  • She doesn't ask [=expect, require] a lot. She asks very little in return for her hard work.

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often + of

  • The school asks much of its students. [=the school expects its students to do a lot]

  • He says that people ask too little of their politicians.

  • He was ready to go to war, should the government ask it of him. [=should the government ask him to go to war]

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b

:

to set (a specific amount of money) as a price

  • The dealer originally asked [=wanted] $20,000 for the car, but he sold it to me for $18,000.

  • They're asking [=charging] $100 or more per concert ticket.

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ask after

[phrasal verb]

ask after (someone or something)

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to ask about (someone or something)

  • He asked after my wife's health.

  • He greeted us warmly and asked after our families. [=he asked how our families were]

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ask around

[phrasal verb]

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to ask many people to tell you information about someone or something

  • Maybe you should ask around to find out more about this guy.

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  • We usually ask around before trying a new restaurant.

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ask for

[phrasal verb]

1

ask for (someone)

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to request to see or talk to (someone)

  • Unhappy with the service, he asked for the store manager.

  • There's someone on the phone asking for you.

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ask for it

informal

:

to behave in a way that makes someone want to hurt or punish you

  • You're asking for it, kid! If you keep misbehaving, you're going to get punished.

  • All right. You asked for it!

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ask for trouble

informal

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to behave in a way that is likely to result in trouble

  • If you invest your money without doing careful research, you're just asking for trouble.

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ask yourself

◊ To ask yourself something is to think about the true answer to a question.

  • Ask yourself what you would do in that situation.

  • Before buying an expensive item, he needs to ask himself if/whether he can afford it.

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don't ask

informal

used to say that something is too strange, embarrassing, or complicated to explain

  • “She married and divorced a man in the same day? How is that possible?” “Don't ask.”

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don't ask me

informal

used to say that you do not know the answer to a question

  • “Why are they having a company meeting?” “Don't ask me. I only work here.”

  • Don't ask me why they're changing the system. I think it's fine the way it is.

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for the asking

◊ If something is yours for the asking, you can have it if you want it or ask for it.

  • This job is hers for the asking. [=she can have the job if she wants it]

  • Our services are available/free for the asking. [=our services are available/free for anyone who wants them]

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I ask you

◊ People use the phrase I ask you before or after a question when they want someone to agree or sympathize with them.

  • (Now) I ask you, is that fair? [=I don't think it's fair; do you?]

  • Look at that hat! Who would wear such a thing, I ask you?

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if you ask me

informal

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in my opinion

  • She looks ridiculous in that hat, if you ask me.

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who asked you?

informal + impolite

used as a response when someone gives an opinion that is not wanted

  • “I think you should break up with that guy.” “Who asked you?” [=mind your own business; I don't want to hear your opinion]

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FAQs

What is the real meaning of ask? ›

Ask is a verb meaning 'put a question or seek an answer from someone': … Ask for. If you ask for something, it means that you want someone to give you something: …

What is ask used for? ›

1) To request a response to a question, as in these examples: We asked him about his mother. He asked if I had seen the movie.

What type of word is ask? ›

Ask is a verb that means to present a question to someone, to request something, or to invite someone. Ask has several other senses as a verb and a noun. If you are asking someone something, you usually want answers from them.

What is the synonyms of ask? ›

Some common synonyms of ask are inquire, interrogate, query, and question.

What is the biblical definition of ask? ›

ask (sha'al "to inquire," "to seek for counsel," "to demand"): It is the word commonly used in the Old Testament and is equivalent to eperotao, "to request," used in the New Testament.

What does the Bible say about ask and you shall receive? ›

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye. shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh. findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Why is ASK important? ›

We ask questions in order to learn more information about something, and we answer questions to provide more information. Asking and answering questions is not only a part of how we learn, but it is also a part of our social skills; we ask and answer questions to be polite and build and maintain relationships.

What is the 3 form of ASK? ›

The V3 form is “asked”. Asked is used in the past or present perfect tense. + In the present perfect tense, we use the word V1 as 'have + asked or 'has + asked.

What is the principle of ASK? ›

Amplitude-shift keying (ASK) is a form of amplitude modulation that represents digital data as variations in the amplitude of a carrier wave. In an ASK system, a symbol, representing one or more bits, is sent by transmitting a fixed-amplitude carrier wave at a fixed frequency for a specific time duration.

Is the word ask positive or negative? ›

“Request” or “Remind” = positive connotation; “Whine” or “Nag” = negative connotation; “Ask” = neutral connotation.

What is the root word of ask? ›

Etymology 1

From Middle English asken (also esken, aschen, eschen, etc.), from Old English āscian, from Proto-West Germanic *aiskōn, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eys- (“to wish; request”).

What is a opposite of ask? ›

What is the opposite of ask?
answeravoid
grantignore
offerrefuse
rejectreply
stopnot want
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What is the verb of ask? ›

Verb Forms. he / she / it asks. past simple asked. -ing form asking.

How do you say ask in a polite way? ›

Here are some better phrases to make polite requests in English:
  1. “Do you mind…?.”
  2. “Would you mind…?
  3. “Could I…?”
  4. “Would it be ok if…?”
  5. “Would it be possible…?”
  6. “Would you be willing to…?”

What is the meaning of ask in Hebrew? ›

ask. (verb) לשאול; לבקש; לדרוש, לתבוע; להזמין

Why does God want us to ask? ›

God wants you to ask again — for healing, for reconciliation, for salvation — because God loves to reveal his strength and wisdom and worth again. And because he loves you. And because he loves you, he wants you to see and experience more of his glory. In prayer — in what we ask by faith — we ask to see more of him.

What does ask in faith mean? ›

According to your faith shall it be done unto you." (D&C 8:10-11; italics added.) Elder Scott said that to "ask in faith" means to ask with confidence in God. "Like many of us, Oliver did not recognize the evidence of answers to prayers already given by the Lord.

How do we ask from God? ›

Tell God what you want or need and ask Him to provide that for you. Be specific about your request. Even though God knows what you want and need, He wants you to ask Him for it. God can answer vague prayers, but being specific creates a deeper bond between you and Him.

What does it mean to ask in Jesus name? ›

To gather, to pray, in the name of Jesus is to re-member the entire life of Jesus. Thus, to pray in the name of Jesus is to bring all the truth of Jesus's life and ministry to bear on the issue you are bringing to God in prayer.

What God says about asking for things? ›

– John 14:13–14. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. – John 15:7. I chose and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

Does ask mean love? ›

Aşk (ashk) / Love

One of the most powerful words in the Turkish language, aşk means love. People in Turkey are quite captivated by the emotion and all its ensuing melodrama. The word is used often in Turkish poetry, songs and the country's famous soap operas.

What is the three form of ask? ›

The third-person singular simple present indicative form of ask is asks. The present participle of ask is asking. The past participle of ask is asked.

Why does God want me to ask? ›

Why do we need to ask? God tells us to ask because prayer is inviting God to get involved in our lives personally and in whatever situations and circumstances we are facing in our life. He loves us so much.

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