Simple Definition of ask
: to say or write something to someone as a way of gaining information : to request an answer to a question
: to tell someone in the form of a question that you want to be given something or that you want something to happen : to request something
: to invite (someone) to go somewhere or do something
Full Definition of ask
asked play \ˈas(k)t, ˈäs(k)t, ˈask; dial ˈakst\ asking
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
1 : to seek information
2 : to make a request <asked for food>
3 : look —often used in the phrase ask for trouble
Examples of ask in a sentence
I need to ask a question.
Did you ask her yet?
“Have you seen the movie yet?” he asked.
a list of frequently asked questions
“If you don't mind me asking, how old are you?” “I'm 35 years old. Why do you ask?”
“Do they have any soda?” “I don't know. I'll go ask.”
I would have given it to him, but he never asked.
We had to stop and ask directions.
May I ask the time?
Did you ask permission to leave?
Origin of ask
Middle English, from Old English āscian; akin to Old High German eiscōn to ask, Lithuanian ieškoti to seek, Sanskrit icchati he seeks
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of ask
ASK Defined for Kids
Definition of ask for Students
1 : to seek information by posing a question <She asked if I was worried.> <They asked about our trip.>
2 : to make a request <Did you ask for help?>
3 : to set as a price <I'm asking ten dollars for my skates.>
4 : invite 2 <I asked some friends to my party.>
5 : to behave as if seeking a result <You're asking for trouble.>
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