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ask

 
pronunciation:
aesk
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: asked, asking, asks
definition 1: to put a question to.
The students get confused on certain points, but they are hesitant to ask the professor during the lectures.
synonyms:
inquire of, query, question
similar words:
cross-examine, grill, interrogate, quiz
definition 2: to pose a question in order to find out (something).
She asked why he was angry.The police officer asked where he was going.They asked if there were any tickets left.He asked her if she was coming to the meeting.The child asked if she could stay overnight with her friend.
synonyms:
inquire
definition 3: to request particular information about (something) by posing a question.
She approached me and asked the time.The man asked the way to the post office.
synonyms:
inquire
definition 4: to make a request of (someone).
He asked his father for money.I asked him to come a little early.
similar words:
beg, beseech, bid, command, direct, entreat, implore, order, petition, request, solicit, supplicate, tell, urge, woo
definition 5: to request (something).
We ask your patience in this matter.They asked that their father be moved to a private room in the hospital.She asked to see the menu.The child asked to be excused from the table.
synonyms:
request
definition 6: to demand or expect.
All I ask is a little respect.I can't believe how much rent they are asking for that tiny apartment!
synonyms:
demand, require
similar words:
call for, expect, insist on
definition 7: to invite.
He asked me to the movies.
synonyms:
invite
similar words:
call, solicit, summon
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to question; inquire.
She asked about her job application.
synonyms:
inquire
similar words:
question, see, wonder
definition 2: to make a request.
He asked for some water.
synonyms:
request
similar words:
petition, seek, solicit
definition 3: to direct or demand.
You must do as he asks.
synonyms:
bid, demand, direct, instruct
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derivation: asked (adj.)