verb (asked; asking) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English āscian; akin to Old High German eiscōn to ask, Lithuanian eiškoti to seek, Sanskrit icchati he seeks Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to call on for an answer <
she asked him about his trip
b. to put a question about <
asking her whereabouts
c. speak, utter <
ask a question
2. a. to make a request of <
she asked her teacher for help
b. to make a request for <
she asked help from her teacher
3. to call for ; require <
a challenge that will ask much of us
4. to set as a price <
asked $3000 for the car
5. invite intransitive verb 1. to seek information 2. to make a request <
asked for food
3. look — often used in the phrase ask for troubleasker noun Synonyms: ask, question, interrogate, query, inquire mean to address a person in order to gain information. ask implies no more than the putting of a question <
ask for directions
. question usually suggests the asking of series of questions <
questioned them about every detail of the trip
. interrogate suggests formal or official systematic questioning <
the prosecutor interrogated the witness all day
. query implies a desire for authoritative information or confirmation <
queried a librarian about the book
. inquire implies a searching for facts or for truth often specifically by asking questions <
began to inquire of friends and teachers what career she should pursue
. Synonyms: ask, request, solicit mean to seek to obtain by making one's wants known. ask implies no more than the statement of the desire <
ask a favor of a friend
. request implies greater formality and courtesy <
requests the pleasure of your company
. solicit suggests a calling attention to one's wants or desires by public announcement or advertisement <
a letter soliciting information

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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