- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs
- Pronouncing ask as /æks/ is a common example of metathesis and a feature of some varieties of English, notably African American Vernacular English ( AAVE ) .
- The action expressed by the verb ask can also be expressed by the noun-verb combination pose a question ( confer the parallel in German between fragen and eine Frage stellen ) .
- An act or instance of asking.
- Something asked or asked for; a request.
- asker, ascar, askerd, askard
- aks, ska
From Middle English asken, from Old English āxian, āscian ( “to ask, inquire, seek for, demand, call, summon, examine, observe” ), from Proto-Germanic *aiskōnan ( “to ask, ask for” ), from Proto-Indo-European *ayǝs- ( “to look for” ). Cognate with West Frisian easkje ( “to require, postulate, demand” ), Dutch eisen ( “to demand, require” ), German heischen ( “to demand” ), Danish æske ( “to provoke” ), Swedish äska ( “to demand” ), Russian искать ( iskat', “to seek, look for” ) .
ask ( plural: asks )
From Middle English aske, arske, from Old English āþexe ( “lizard, newt” ), from Proto-Germanic *agiþahsijōn ( “lizard” ), from Proto-Germanic *agi- ( “snake” ) ( from Proto-Indo-European *ogʷh- ( “snake, lizard” ) ) + Proto-Germanic *þahsuz ( “badger” ) ( from Proto-Indo-European *teḱs- ( “to hew, trim” ) ). Cognate with Scots ask, awsk, esk ( “an eft or newt” ), Dutch hagedis ( “lizard” ), German Echse, Eidechse ( “lizard” ) .
Explanation of ask by Wordnet Dictionary
- ask a question
- He is asking $200 for the table
- The kidnappers are asking a million dollars in return for the release of their hostage
- Ask v. t. [imp. & p. p. Asked ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Asking.] [OE. asken, ashen, axien, AS. āscian, ācsian; akin to OS. ēscōn, OHG. eiscōn, Sw. āska, Dan. æske, D. eischen, G. heischen, Lith. jëskóti, OSlav. iskati to seek, Skr. ish to desire. √5.]
1. To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; to solicit; -- often with of, in the sense of from, before the person addressed.
Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God. Judg. xviii. 5.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John xv. 7.
2. 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?
Ask me never so much dowry. Gen. xxxiv. 12.
To whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke xii. 48.
An exigence of state asks a much longer time to conduct a design to maturity. Addison.
3. To interrogate or inquire of or concerning; to put a question to or about; to question.
He is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. John ix. 21.
He asked the way to Chester. Shak.
4. To invite; as, “to ask one to an entertainment”.
5. To publish in church for marriage; -- said of both the banns and the persons. Fuller.
Syn. -- To beg; request; seek; petition; solicit; entreat; beseech; implore; crave; require; demand; claim; exhibit; inquire; interrogate. See Beg.
- Ask, v. i.
1. To request or petition; -- usually followed by for; as, “to ask for bread”.
Ask, and it shall be given you. Matt. vii. 7.
2. To make inquiry, or seek by request; -- sometimes followed by after.
Wherefore . . . dost ask after my name? Gen. xxxii. 29.
- Ask n. [See 2d Asker.] ( Zool. ) A water newt. [Scot. & North of Eng.]
Definition of ask by GCIDE Dictionary