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
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 trouble • asker 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 <. 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.