dialectal ˈakst; asking
: to make a request of
She asked her teacher for help.
: to make a request for
She asked help from her teacher.
: to set as a price
asked $3000 for the car
: to seek information
ask for her address
: to make a request
asked for food
chiefly British, informal
: something asked for, requested, or required of someone —used especially in phrases like a big ask and a tough ask to say that what is being asked for or hoped for is difficult or unlikely
It's a big ask, I think, demanding audiences recall a plot from two years ago, and while normally I don't mind a big ask … this particular ask utterly defeated me.—Deborah Ross
Verb 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? See More
Recent Examples on the Web
VerbTo protect themselves and their relatives and friends inside Russia, all asked to be identified only by their first names. —USA Today, 31 May 2023 Bankman-Fried’s defense lawyers on Tuesday asked the judge overseeing his criminal case to force prosecutors to hand over documents given to the government by former FTX law firm Fenwick & West. —Ava Benny-morrison, Fortune, 31 May 2023 Basa-Sabol asked in the recording, but no answer came. —Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 30 May 2023 As the trailer shows several types of oils and veggies, Deschanel asks a series of thought-provoking questions. —Zizi Strater, Peoplemag, 30 May 2023 Though Morrissey sent out a campaign mailer with quotes of praise from a handful of senators, some did not respond when asked by a reporter if their quotes were intended as endorsements. —Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 30 May 2023 Museveni had sent the original bill passed in March back, asking parliament to tone down some provisions. —Reuters, NBC News, 30 May 2023 Seyfried was asked about Holmes during a Good Morning Americaappearance Tuesday, the same day Holmes reported to a Texas prison facility to begin serving an 11-year sentence for defrauding investors. —Shania Russell, EW.com, 30 May 2023 Grant often starts workshops asking the crowd who’s spoken to their best friend today. —Alyssa Giacobbe, Town & Country, 30 May 2023
NounThat’s a big ask from parents who are already spread too thin on the heels of a global crisis, though. —Good Housekeeping, 16 May 2023 But to protect them, experts say, farmers need to stop overtaxing their land in pursuit of more production, a difficult ask in a part of the country that has traditionally lagged in development and poverty reduction. —Rebecca Tan, BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2023 Of course, this is was a deeply Heat-ed ask, pitting two Italianx kings against each other. —Vulture, 15 May 2023 Republican lawmakers have cast a particularly skeptical eye on an initial ask to spend about 40% of the money on mass transit. —Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, 8 May 2023 For many private schools, administering a test is not a major ask as many already are required to do so to gain accreditation from the Arkansas Nonpublic School Accrediting Association. —Neal Earley, Arkansas Online, 30 Apr. 2023 At the time, IPS sought an operating and capital referendum in a November election that equaled around a $272 million referendum ask. —Caroline Beck, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Apr. 2023 The company and its debtors made the ask in a statement Sunday, setting a Feb. 28 deadline to return the cash. —Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 6 Feb. 2023 The ask came in an 1,800-word letter from the business group’s president, Andrew Hoan, who also touted an alternate package of City Hall fixes — floated by Portland Commissioner Mingus Mapps and not on the Nov. 8 ballot — as the one frustrated city voters should instead rally behind. —oregonlive, 15 Oct. 2022 See More
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