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1 to put a question or questions to
  • my coworkers asked me all about my trip to Machu Picchu

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2 to make a request of
  • ask the salesclerk for assistance

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3 to set or receive as a price
  • they are only asking $300 for that antique grandfather clock

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4 to request the presence or participation of
  • a fixture on the party circuit, that couple is always asking people over for dinner

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Frequently Asked Questions About ask

How does the verb ask contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of ask are inquire, interrogate, query, and question. While all these words mean "to address a person in order to gain information," ask implies no more than the putting of a question.

ask for directions

In what contexts can inquire take the place of ask?

The words inquire and ask are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, 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

When would interrogate be a good substitute for ask?

The synonyms interrogate and ask are sometimes interchangeable, but interrogate suggests formal or official systematic questioning.

the prosecutor interrogated the witness all day

When might query be a better fit than ask?

The words query and ask can be used in similar contexts, but query implies a desire for authoritative information or confirmation.

queried a librarian about the book

When is question a more appropriate choice than ask?

Although the words question and ask have much in common, question usually suggests the asking of series of questions.

questioned them about every detail of the trip

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The first known use of ask was before the 12th century

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“Ask.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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