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Definitions of ask

  1. require as useful, just, or proper; " It takes nerve to do what she did"; " success usually requires hard work"; " This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; " This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; " This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; " This intervention does not postulates a patient's consent"
  2. make a request or demand for something to somebody; " She asked him for a loan"
  3. consider obligatory; request and expect; " We require our secretary to be on time"; " Aren't we asking too much of these children?"; " I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons"
  4. inquire about; " I asked about their special today"; " He had to ask directions several times"
  5. direct or put; seek an answer to; " ask a question"
  6. address a question to and expect an answer from; " Ask your teacher about trigonometry"; " The children asked me about their dead grandmother"
  7. require or ask for as a price or condition; " He is asking $ 200 for the table"; " The kidnapers are asking a million dollars in return for the release of their hostage"
  8. 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?
  9. To interrogate or inquire of or concerning; to put a question to or about; to question.
  10. To invite; as, to ask one to an entertainment.
  11. A water newt.
  12. To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; to solicit; - often with of, in the sense of from, before the person addressed.
  13. To publish in church for marriage; - said of both the banns and the persons.
  14. To request or petition; - usually followed by for; as, to ask for bread.
  15. To make inquiry, or seek by request; - sometimes followed by after.
  16. To request; seek to obtain by words; petition or beg for; claim or demand; expect or require; as, what price do you ask? inquire respecting; as, to ask the way; question; invite.
  17. To make request; inquire.
  18. To seek: to request, inquire, beg, or question.
  19. To request: to make inquiry.
  20. To request; to invite; inquire.
  21. To request; solicit; demand; claim.
  22. To question; inquire.
  23. To invite.
  24. To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; to require, expect, or claim; to demand; to question; to inquire about; to invite.
  25. To request or petition; to make inquiry.
  26. To beg; to solicit; to seek from; to question; to inquire.
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Quotes of ask

  1. Before people complain of the obscurity of modern poetry, they should first examine their consciences and ask themselves with how many people and on how many occasions they have genuinely and profoundly shared some experience with another. – W. H. Auden
  2. If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do. – Lucille Ball
  3. Kids enjoy laughing and are seldom bored when they find something funny. They also ask questions, often to adults, because they understand that the more words they can comprehend about a funny story or a joke, the more they'll enjoy it. – Brian P. Cleary
  4. To those who ask what the infinitely small quantity in mathematics is, we answer that it is actually zero. Hence there are not so many mysteries hidden in this concept as they are usually believed to be. – Leonhard Euler
  5. When I die there may be a paragraph or two in the newspapers. My name will linger in the British Museum Reading Room catalogue for a space at the head of a long list of books for which no one will ever ask – C. S. Forester
  6. But here too it should be noted that the President's approach was to first ask the repressive and brutal Taliban to surrender Osama bin Laden to us, and only after that government refused to do that did we invade. – Barney Frank
  7. Do not, on a rainy day, ask your child what he feels like doing, because I assure you that what he feels like doing, you won't feel like watching. – Fran Lebowitz
  8. If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don't ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers. – Nelson Mandela
  9. I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous: 'try being rich first'. See if that doesn't cover most of it. There's not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having your relatives ask you for money. But when you become famous, you end up with a 24 -hour job. – Bill Murray
  10. Will they attack us? Yes. Will they smear our backgrounds and distort our records? Undoubtedly. Will they lie about us, harass our families, namecall to try to intimidate us? They will. There's nothing safe about it. But is it worth it? Well, let me ask you. Is freedom worth it? Is America worth it? – Christine O'Donnell
  11. You've got to ask Asking is, in my opinion, the world's most powerful- and neglected- secret to success and happiness. – Percy Ross
  12. I just think the word interview, although it is the view between two people exchanged, became a sort of cliche. You ask questions and the other one answers. – Maximilian Schell
  13. The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow -men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt. – Walter Scott
  14. I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends, fine family- and I don't think I could ask for anything more than that, actually. – Frank Sinatra
  15. Ought we not to ask the media to agree among themselves a voluntary code of conduct, under which they would not say or show anything which could assist the terrorists' morale or their cause while the hijack lasted. – Margaret Thatcher

Usage examples for ask

  1. To ask for me? – The Young Emigrants; Madelaine Tube; The Boy and the Book; and Crystal Palace by Susan Anne Livingston Ridley Sedgwick
  2. Did he not ask you? – Daisy Burns (Volume 2) by Julia Kavanagh
  3. Shall I ask 'em? – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  4. But that you do ask – The Testing of Diana Mallory by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  5. " No." " Why didn't you ask for one, then?" – A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century by E. P. Roe
  6. I'll have to ask you to stop this. – Whispering Wires by Henry Leverage
  7. And what is it you ask – Child of a Century, v3 by Alfred de Musset
  8. Do you need to ask me that? – The Son of his Father by Ridgwell Cullum
  9. I do not ask more. – The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Vol. I by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  10. Well, now, then- I want to ask you this. – Elizabeth's Campaign by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  11. I think I have a right to ask that of you." – The Literary Sense by E. Nesbit
  12. Only dropped in to see how you were, and to ask the news. – The Mynns' Mystery by George Manville Fenn
  13. " But if you did ask she would let you go. – Pixie O'Shaughnessy by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  14. Don't ask me any more. – Girls of the Forest by L. T. Meade
  15. I think we must ask Dr. Sandford. – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell
  16. We don't ask for work. – Molly Brown's Junior Days by Nell Speed
  17. Ask her to come in. – The Project Gutenberg Plays of John Galsworthy, Complete by John Galsworthy
  18. Do what we ask of you. – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
  19. You didn't ask no one to get it? – White Lilac; or the Queen of the May by Amy Walton
  20. What do you wish to ask of me? – The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins

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