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Ask meaning

ask - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. To require, demand, claim, or expect, whether by way of remuneration or return, or as a matter of necessity; as, what price do you ask?
  2. 2. To interrogate or inquire of or concerning; to put a question to or about; to question.
  3. 3. To invite; as, to ask one to an entertainment.
  4. 4. A water newt.
  5. 5. To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; to solicit; - often with of, in the sense of from, before the person addressed.
  6. 6. To publish in church for marriage; - said of both the banns and the persons.
  7. 7. To request or petition; - usually followed by for; as, to ask for bread.
  8. 8. To make inquiry, or seek by request; - sometimes followed by after.
  9. 9. To request; to invite; inquire.

ask - examples of usage

  1. One asks what he feels that he may fairly claim and reasonably expect; " if a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father," Luke xi, 11; he begs for that to which he advances no claim but pity. Demand is a determined and often an arrogant word; one may rightfully demand what is his own or his due, when it is withheld or denied; or he may wrongfully demand that to which he has no claim but power. Require is less arrogant and obtrusive than demand, but is exceedingly strenuous; as, the court requires the attendance of witnesses. Entreat implies a special earnestness of asking, and beseech, a still added and more humble intensity; beseech was formerly often used as a polite intensive for beg or pray; as, I beseech you to tell me. To implore is to ask with weeping and lamentation; to supplicate is to ask, as it were, on bended knees. Crave and request are somewhat formal terms; crave has almost disappeared from conversation; request would seem distant between parent and child. Pray is now used chiefly of address to the Supreme Being; petition is used of written request to persons in authority; as, to petition the legislature to pass an act, or the governor to pardon an offender.
  2. " I shall never ask that," said Katharine. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. " I'm goin' to ask this man here to look to you. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
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